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Pronunciation: /ˈiːlənd
 
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Definition of eland in English:

noun

A large spiral-horned African antelope which lives in open woodland and grassland.
  • Genus Tragelaphus, family Bovidae: the giant eland (T. derbianus) and the common eland (T. oryx)
Example sentences
  • There are antelope species like eland, impala, puku, waterbuck, bushbuck and kudu whereas lion leopard, wild dog and hyaena are also present.
  • Across the open grasslands are scattered various members of the antelope family - horned bushbucks, waterbucks, eland, topi, gazelle and impala.
  • They are typically graceful, having long legs and horns, and include the eland, wildebeest, gazelle, springbok, hartebeest, impala, etc.

Origin

late 18th century: via Afrikaans from Dutch, 'elk', from obsolete German Elend, from Lithuanian élnis.

Words that rhyme with eland

Leland, Wieland, Zealand, Zeeland

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