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  Dictionary Definition of elk

elk
noun ( plural elks, elk )

1. the largest existing European and Asiatic deer, Alces alces, closely related to the moose, having a large head with broad, overhanging muzzle, and large palmate antlers in the male.
2. (in America) the wapiti.
3. a pliable leather used for sports shoes, made originally of elk hide but now of calfskin or cowhide tanned and smoked to resemble elk hide.
[apparently from OE ealh elk (c. G Elch ) + -k suffix]