[ee-luh nd] /ˈi lənd/

noun, plural elands (especially collectively) eland.
either of two large African antelopes of the genus Taurotragus, having long, spirally twisted horns: now rare.
a large spiral-horned antelope, Taurotragus oryx, inhabiting bushland in eastern and southern Africa. It has a dewlap and a hump on the shoulders and is light brown with vertical white stripes
giant eland, a similar but larger animal, T. derbianus, living in wooded areas of central and W Africa

“large South African antelope,” 1786, from Dutch eland “elk,” from a Baltic source akin to Lithuanian elnias “deer,” from PIE *el- “red, brown” (see elk), cognate with first element in Greek Elaphebolion, name of the ninth month of the Attic year (corresponding to late March-early April), literally “deer-hunting (month).” Borrowed earlier as ellan (1610s, via French), ellend, from the German form of the word.


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