ELK, n. [L. alce, alces.] A quadruped of the Cervine genus, with palmated horns, and a fleshy protuberance on the throat. The neck is short, with a short, thick, upright mane; the eyes are small; the ears long, broad and slouching; and the upper lip hangs over the under lip. It is the largest of the deer kind, being seventeen hands high and weighing twelve hundred pounds. It is found in the northern regions of Europe, Asia and America. In the latter country it is usually called Moose, from the Indian name musu.
ELK, n. [Sax. elch; Sw. elg; L. alce, alces; Dan. els-dyr. This animal is described by Cesar and Pausanias.]
A quadruped, the Cervus Alces of Linnæus, a ruminant mammal, called Moose in North America, from the Indian name Musu.
- A large deer, of several species. The
European elk (Alces machlis or Cervus alces) is closely
allied to the American moose. The American elk, or wapiti (Cervus
Canadensis), is closely related to the European stag. See
Moose, and Wapiti.
- The European wild or whistling swan