wapiti

[ wop-i-tee ]
/ ˈwɒp ɪ ti /

noun, plural wap·i·tis, (especially collectively) wap·i·ti.

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Origin of wapiti

An Americanism dating back to 1805–10; from Shawnee wa·piti literally, “white rump” (equivalent to unattested Proto-Algonquian wa·p- “white” + unattested -etwiy- “rump”); introduced as an English word by U.S. physician and naturalist Benjamin S. Barton (1766–1815 )
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British Dictionary definitions for wapiti

wapiti
/ (ˈwɒpɪtɪ) /

noun plural -tis

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

Word Origin for wapiti

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