wapiti

[wop-i-tee]

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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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

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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