Definition of wapiti in English:


Line breaks: wap¦iti
Pronunciation: /ˈwɒpɪti

noun (plural wapitis)

A red deer of a large race native to North America. Also called elk in North America.
  • Cervus elaphus canadensis, family Cervidae; it is sometimes treated as a separate species (C. canadensis)
More example sentences
  • We have a wapiti [elk], which was shot in Canada by one of the pilots in 1917 and subsequently mounted in the Mess.
  • A wapiti lies upside down to the lower right.
  • The National Wildlife Society judged his comprehensive wapiti study, The Elk of North America, the ‘outstanding publication on terrestrial wildlife’ in 1951.


early 19th century: from Shawnee, literally 'white rump'.

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