ETYM Icel. elgr; akin to Swed. elg, AS. eolh, Old High Germ. elaho, Mid. High Germ. elch, cf. Latin alces; perh. akin to Eng. eland.
Large northern deer with enormous flattened antlers in the male; called elk in Europe and moose in North America; SYN. European elk, moose, Alces alces.
Or wapiti; North American deer Cervus canadensis, closely related to the red deer of Eurasia. Head and body length is about 8 ft/2.5 m, and shoulder height is about 5 ft/1.5 m. They are grayish-brown with a yellow rump patch. Males carry magnificent antlers up to 5.8 ft/1.8 m along the beam. In Europe, moose are called elk.
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