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Megaloceros Line breaks: Megal|oceros
Pronunciation: /ˌmɛɡəˈlɒsərəs/

Definition of Megaloceros in English:


A very large extinct deer of the Pleistocene epoch, in particular the Irish elk.
Example sentences
  • The Irish Elk, Megaloceros, died about 11,000 years ago when glaciers covered much of Europe, its home land.
  • The Irish Elk, Megaloceros, is misnamed, for it is neither exclusively Irish nor is it an elk.
  • The Irish elk is also known as the giant deer (Megaloceros giganteus).


Modern Latin, from Greek megas, megalo- 'great' + keras 'horn'.

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