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EnglishEdit

 
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Eurasian elk, or moose (Alces alces)
 
North American elk, or wapiti (Cervus canadensis)

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɛlk/
  • (file)

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English *elk, from Old English eolc, eolh (elk), from Proto-Germanic *elhaz, *algiz (elk) (compare Low German Elk, German Elch, Norwegian elg, Swedish älg), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁élḱis, *h₁ólḱis (compare Polish łoś, Russian лось (losʹ), Vedic Sanskrit ऋश्य (ṛ́śya, antelope), variant of *h₁elh₁én (compare German Elen, Tocharian A yäl, Tocharian B ylem (gazelle), Lithuanian élnis (stag), Armenian եղնիկ (ełnik, doe, hind)), from *h₁el- (deer).

NounEdit

elk (plural elk or elks)

  1. (originally) Any large species of deer such as red deer, moose or wapiti.
  2. The subspecies of the moose (Alces alces alces, alternatively named Eurasian elk because the wapiti is also called elk) that occurs only in Europe and Asia (not to be confused with the species called moose {Alces alces} which encompasses all subspecies of the moose).
  3. (Britain) The largest member of the deer family (Alces alces); a moose.
  4. (Canada, US) The common wapiti (Cervus canadensis); the second largest member of the deer family, smaller only than a moose.
Usage notesEdit

Notice that the word elk is used in the same way as the word caribou is used for the subspecies of the reindeer. The only difference here is that it refers only to a single subspecies, while caribou refers to several subspecies of the reindeer.

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Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

elk (plural elks)

  1. Alternative form of elke (the swan Cygnus ferus)

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AfrikaansEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Dutch elk.

PronounEdit

elk

  1. (rather rare, literary) everyone; everybody

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DeterminerEdit

elk

  1. (in expressions only) Alternative form of elke (every)
    in elk geval — “in every (i.e. any) case”

DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch elc. Compare English each, West Frisian elk, from Proto-Germanic *aiwô (ever, always) + *ga- + Proto-Germanic *hwilīkaz.

PronunciationEdit

DeterminerEdit

elk

  1. each; every

Usage notesEdit

  • The Dutch determiners elk and ieder are perfectly interchangeable. They do not exhibit the slight distinction that is usually made between English each and every.[1]

InflectionEdit

Inflection of elk
uninflected elk
inflected elke
comparative
positive
predicative/adverbial elk
indefinite m./f. sing. elke
n. sing. elk
plural elke
definite elke
partitive

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PronounEdit

elk

  1. (chiefly in expressions) everyone; everybody
    Melk is goed voor elk.
    Milk is good for everyone.
    Elk op zijn beurt.
    One at a time. (Literally: Everybody at their turn.)

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Low GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Compare Dutch elk, English each.

PronounEdit

elk

  1. (singular) each, every
  2. (plural) some, many

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