noun, plural elks, (especially collectively) elk for 1, 2.
- elizabeth, saint,
- elizabethan sonnet,
- elk clover,
- elk grass,
- elk grove village,
- elk mountains,
Origin of elk
Examples from the Web for elk
And, from the south, chronic wasting disease is poised to decimate the elk herds.
This means a decline in habitat quality for grazers like bison and elk, whose winter-killed carcasses grizzlies feed upon.
Any elk habitat expert, modern hunters as well as biologists, might take a stab at the time required for elk to make that journey.
Either the child was buried at the same time the elk antler tools were made or 400 years later.
That would have meant a fully re-vegetated (that is, lush with elk food) ice-free corridor.
Saw great sign of elk, but had not the good fortune to come across any of them.
In this division the elk, deer, and buffalo were probably in greater quantities than in any other part of my whole voyage.
Their corslets and shields are said to have been made of elk's skin.The History of Antiquity, Vol. III (of VI)|Max Duncker
When an elk was singled out the184 coyotes relayed him and kept him on the move.The Yellow Horde|Hal G. Evarts
There were no buffalo, but plenty of elk, deer, and antelope.Jack the Young Trapper|George Bird Grinnell
noun plural elks or elk
Word Origin for elk
late Old English, from Old Norse elgr or from an alteration of Old English elh, eolh (perhaps via French scribes), or possibly from Middle High German elch (OED's suggestion), all from Proto-Germanic *elkh- (cf. Old High German elaho),
The Germanic words are related to the general word for "deer" in Balto-Slavic (cf. Russian losu, Czech los; also cf. eland), from PIE *olki-, perhaps with reference to the reddish color from root *el- (2) "red, brown" (in animal and tree names); cf. Sanskrit harina- "deer," from hari- "reddish-brown." Greek alke and Latin alces probably are Germanic loan-words. Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks founded N.Y.C. 1868, originally a society of actors and writers.