Irish elk
elk elk ([e^]lk), n. [Icel. elgr; akin to Sw. elg, AS. eolh, OHG. elaho, MHG. elch, cf. L. alces; perh. akin to E. eland.] (Zo["o]l.) A large deer, of several species. The European elk {Alces alces} (formerly {Alces machlis} or {Cervus alces}) is closely allied to the American moose. The American elk, or wapiti ({Cervus Canadensis}) the largest member of the deer family, has large, spreading antlers and is closely related to the European stag. See {Moose}, and {Wapiti}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

{Irish elk} (Paleon.), a large, extinct, Quaternary deer ({Cervus giganteus}) with widely spreading antlers. Its remains have been found beneath the peat of swamps in Ireland and England. See Illustration in Appendix; also Illustration of {Antler}.

{Cape elk} (Zo["o]l.), the eland.


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  • Irish elk — an extinct deerlike mammal of the genus Megaceros (Megaloceros), of the Pleistocene Epoch, having in the male extremely large, broad antlers. [1815 25] * * * Any member of a genus (Megaloceros) of extinct giant deer commonly found as fossils in… …   Universalium

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  • irish elk — noun or irish deer Usage: usually capitalized I : a large extinct Pleistocene deer (Megaloceros hibernicus) remains of which are found especially under the peat of Ireland and England …   Useful english dictionary

  • Irish — I rish, a. [AS. [imac]risc, fr. [imac]ras the Irish. Cf. {Aryan}, {Erse}.] Of or pertaining to Ireland or to its inhabitants; produced in Ireland. [1913 Webster] {Irish elk}. (Zo[ o]l.) See under {Elk}. {Irish moss}. (a) (Bot.) Carrageen. (b) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Irish moss — Irish I rish, a. [AS. [imac]risc, fr. [imac]ras the Irish. Cf. {Aryan}, {Erse}.] Of or pertaining to Ireland or to its inhabitants; produced in Ireland. [1913 Webster] {Irish elk}. (Zo[ o]l.) See under {Elk}. {Irish moss}. (a) (Bot.) Carrageen.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Irish reef — Irish I rish, a. [AS. [imac]risc, fr. [imac]ras the Irish. Cf. {Aryan}, {Erse}.] Of or pertaining to Ireland or to its inhabitants; produced in Ireland. [1913 Webster] {Irish elk}. (Zo[ o]l.) See under {Elk}. {Irish moss}. (a) (Bot.) Carrageen.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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