Definition of Irish elk in English:

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Irish elk


An extinct giant European and North African deer of the Pleistocene epoch, with massive antlers up to 3 m (10 ft) across. Also called giant deer.
  • Megaloceros giganteus, family Cervidae.
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  • Scientists at University College London studied DNA and skeletal remains of the extinct giant deer, or Irish elk, to construct its family tree.
  • The antlers of the giant deer, or Irish elk, grew as large as 10 feet across.
  • The Irish elk finally went extinct when the antlers became so large that the animals could no longer hold up their heads, or got entangled in the trees.

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