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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Examples from the Web for wapiti
The wapiti, like other deer, brings forth its fawns in the spring.
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.Sport in Vancouver and Newfoundland
The Wapiti is graceful and proud in its bearing and very light in its movements.
- 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
C19: from Shawnee, literally: white deer, from wap (unattested) white; from the animal's white tail and rump