NounElk (plural elk or archaic, elks)
- (North America) The common wapiti (Cervus canadensis); the second largest member of the deer family, smaller only than a moose. Elk never have flat antlers (like moose do.)
- (UK) The largest member of the deer family (Alces alces); a moose.
Cape elk, Virginia deer, antelope, buck, camel, camelopard, caribou, deer, deerlet, doe, dromedary, eland, fallow deer, fawn, gazelle, giraffe, gnu, hart, hartebeest, hind, kaama, moose, mule deer, musk deer, okapi, red deer, reindeer, roe, roe deer, roebuck, springbok, stag, wildebeest
Middle English dialect elk, from Old English eolc, eolh, from Proto-Germanic *elhaz (cf. Low German Elk, German Elch, Swedish älg), from Proto-Indo-European *élk̑is, *ólk̑is (cf. Russian los', Sanskrit ṛśyas ‘antelope’), variant of *h₁elh₁én (compare German Elen, Tocharian A/B yäl/ylem ‘gazelle’, Lithuanian élnis ‘stag’, Old Armenian եղն (ełn, “stag, deer”)).