- either of two large African antelopes of the genus Taurotragus, having long, spirally twisted horns: now rare.
Origin of eland
Examples from the Web for eland
This has been attempted so far as regards the elephant, rhinoceros, giraffe, and eland.Impressions of South Africa
The eland is one of those antelopes that appear to be independent of water.
Of all antelopes the “eland,” or “caana” (Antelope oreas) is the largest.
Whereas he could save all this trouble by driving the eland to camp; and this was his design.
Speculative Bushmen seem to have been puzzled to account for the wildness of the eland.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1
- a large spiral-horned antelope, Taurotragus oryx, inhabiting bushland in eastern and southern Africa. It has a dewlap and a hump on the shoulders and is light brown with vertical white stripes
- giant eland a similar but larger animal, T. derbianus, living in wooded areas of central and W Africa
Word Origin and History for eland
"large South African antelope," 1786, from Dutch eland "elk," from a Baltic source akin to Lithuanian elnias "deer," from PIE *el- "red, brown" (see elk), cognate with first element in Greek Elaphebolion, name of the ninth month of the Attic year (corresponding to late March-early April), literally "deer-hunting (month)." Borrowed earlier as ellan (1610s, via French), ellend, from the German form of the word.