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eland

[ ee-luhnd ]
/ ˈi lənd /
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noun, plural e·lands, (especially collectively) e·land.
either of two large African antelopes of the genus Taurotragus, having long, spirally twisted horns: now rare.
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Origin of eland

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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British Dictionary definitions for eland

eland
/ (ˈiːlənd) /

noun
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 for eland

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