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eland

[ ee-luhnd ]

noun

, plural e·lands, (especially collectively) e·land.
  1. either of two large African antelopes of the genus Taurotragus, having long, spirally twisted horns: now rare.


eland

/ ˈiːlənd /

noun

  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
  2. giant eland
    a similar but larger animal, T. derbianus, living in wooded areas of central and W Africa


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Word History and Origins

Origin of eland1

First recorded in 1780–90; from Afrikaans, from Dutch eland “elk” ( Middle Dutch elen, elant ), from early modern German Elen(d), probably from Lithuanian éllenis (now élnis; akin to Old Church Slavonic jelenĭ “stag”) or an Old Prussian equivalent; akin to elk
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Word History and Origins

Origin of eland1

C18: via Afrikaans from Dutch eland elk; related to Old Slavonic jeleni stag, Greek ellos fawn
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Example Sentences

Some animals, like the rhino and the eland, have tick birds that sit upon their backs and eat the ticks.

So on swept the chase, the eland leading, the quaggas after, and Hendrik bringing up the rear.

After dining sumptuously on eland tongue and hartebeest tenderloin Burt pushed back his canvas chair with a sigh of content.

Suddenly an eland dashed out from a clump of bushes barely a hundred yards off, not having heard their approach.

Jack fired, missed, fired again, and the eland gave one high spring and rolled heels over head.

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