- 1 (plural same or elks) a red deer of a large race native to North America. Also called wapiti.
- Cervus canadensis, family Cervidae
- Britishanother term for moose.
late 15th century: probably from Old English elh, eolh, with substitution of k for h. Other words that have undergone this change are dialect selk (Old English seolh 'seal') and fark (Old English færh 'farrow')