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noun, plural wap·i·tis, (especially collectively) wap·i·ti.
  1. elk(def 2).
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Origin of wapiti

1806, Americanism; < Shawnee wa·piti literally, white rump (equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *wa·p- white + *-etwiy- rump); introduced as an E word by U.S. physician and naturalist Benjamin S. Barton
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Historical Examples

  • The wapiti, like other deer, brings forth its fawns in the spring.

    The Young Voyageurs

    Mayne Reid

  • The wapiti was carefully skinned, and the skin spread out to dry.

  • The skin of the wapiti, however, is held in high esteem among the Indians.

  • The wapiti country was, however, far away and we had still to get there.

  • The Wapiti is graceful and proud in its bearing and very light in its movements.

British Dictionary definitions for wapiti


noun plural -tis
  1. a large deer, Cervus canadensis, with large much-branched antlers, native to North America and now also common in the South Island of New ZealandAlso called: American elk
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Word Origin

C19: from Shawnee, literally: white deer, from wap (unattested) white; from the animal's white tail and rump
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