noun, plural elks (especially collectively) elk for 1, 2.
Also called European elk. the moose, Alces alces.
Also called American elk, wapiti. a large North American deer, Cervus canadensis, the male of which has large, spreading antlers.
a pliable leather used for sport shoes, made originally of elk hide but now of calfskin or cowhide tanned and smoked to resemble elk hide.
(initial capital letter) a member of a fraternal organization (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks) that supports or contributes to various charitable causes.
noun (pl) elks, elk
a large deer, Alces alces, of N Europe and Asia, having large flattened palmate antlers: also occurs in North America, where it is called a moose
American elk, another name for wapiti
a stout pliable waterproof leather made from calfskin or horsehide
late Old English, from Old Norse elgr or from an alteration of Old English elh, eolh (perhaps via French scribes), or possibly from Middle High German elch (OED’s suggestion), all from Proto-Germanic *elkh- (cf. Old High German elaho),
The Germanic words are related to the general word for “deer” in Balto-Slavic (cf. Russian losu, Czech los; also cf. eland), from PIE *olki-, perhaps with reference to the reddish color from root *el- (2) “red, brown” (in animal and tree names); cf. Sanskrit harina- “deer,” from hari- “reddish-brown.” Greek alke and Latin alces probably are Germanic loan-words. Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks founded N.Y.C. 1868, originally a society of actors and writers.
A conventional person; square: kill themselves later with laughter over the amount of money the Elks spent
[1950s+ Beat talk; fr a scornful judgment of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks]
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God-created. (1.) The second son of Korah (Ex. 6:24), or, according to 1 Chr. 6:22, 23, more correctly his grandson. (2.) Another Levite of the line of Heman the singer, although he does not seem to have performed any of the usual Levitical offices. He was father of Samuel the prophet (1 Chr. 6:27, 34). […]
noun 1. a plant, Aralia californica, of the ginseng family, native to the west coast of North America, having umbels of greenish or whitish flowers and berrylike fruit, grown as an ornamental.
[el ker-ahk, ke-rahk] /ɛl ˈkɛr ɑk, kɛˈrɑk/ noun 1. .
noun 1. . noun 1. Also called elk grass. a tall, western North American plant, Xerophyllum tenax, of the lily family, having narrow leaves and a dense, broad cluster of tiny white flowers. 2. any of several other plants having linear, grasslike leaves, as those of the genera Nolina and Dasylirion.