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elk Syllabification: elk

Definition of elk in English:


1 (plural same or elks) North American A red deer of a large race native to North America. Also called wapiti.
  • Cervus canadensis, family Cervidae
1.1British another term for moose.
Example sentences
  • It had yielded both mule deer and elk for us in the past.
  • After I swapped for it, I took six mule deer and an elk before moving up to more ‘modern’ guns.
  • Prion diseases occur in sheep, goats, mink, mule deer, elk, cats and cows.
2 (Elk) (plural Elks) A member of a charitable fraternal organization, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
Example sentences
  • She collected exactly $999.99 through a rapid succession of phone calls to fellow Elks members.
  • Someone booked them for a party held annually at a local Elks club, most of whose members are retirees and older yuppies with children.
  • We want to be just like the Elks Club, only no funny hats, and we don't want to be 60.


Late 15th century: probably from Old English elh, eolh, with substitution of k for h. Other words that have undergone this change are dialect selk ( Old English seolh 'seal') and fark ( Old English færh 'farrow').

Words that rhyme with elk


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