eland

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n eland either of two large African antelopes of the genus Taurotragus having short spirally twisted horns in both sexes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Eland (Zoöl) A species of large South African antelope (Oreas canna). It is valued both for its hide and flesh, and is rapidly disappearing in the settled districts; -- called also Cape elk.
    • Eland (Zoöl) The elk or moose.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n eland The Cape elk, Oreas canna, a large bubaline antelope of South Africa, standing 5 feet high at the withers, and weighing from 700 to 900 pounds. Its flesh is much prized, especially the hams, which are dried and used like tongue. It has in consequence been almost extirpated in the neighborhood of Cape Colony, where it formerly abounded. Also called elk.
    • n eland A name sometimes used for the moose.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Eland ē′land the South African antelope, resembling the elk in having a protuberance on the larynx.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. eland, elk, of Slav. origin; cf. Pol. jelen, stag, Russ. oléne, Lith. elnis,; perh. akin to E. elk,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut.; Ger. elend, the elk—Lith. élnis, the elk.

Usage

In literature:

And the elands all cried: 'Wretched man!
"The Brown Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang
Mrs. Eland doesn't know what will become of her now.
"The Corner House Girls in a Play" by Grace Brooks Hill
When we were out to-day we found a young eland lying dead.
"The Blind Lion of the Congo" by Elliott Whitney
There was also plenty of dried meat, evidently eland's flesh, and a number of poisoned arrows.
"The White Chief of the Caffres" by A.W. Drayson
The elands are well-known in England, several fine specimens being in the Regent's Park Zoological Gardens.
"Sporting Scenes amongst the Kaffirs of South Africa" by Alfred W. Drayson
Troops of magnificent elands, amounting to three and four hundred, would be found herding on these terraces.
"Adventures of Hans Sterk" by A.W. Drayson
The long-necked giraffe and dew-lapped eland were also there, as well as the springing antelope.
"My Dark Companions" by Henry M. Stanley
It is far easier for them to come here than for us to carry the eland to them.
"My Kalulu, Prince, King and Slave" by Henry M. Stanley
Those big ox-like fellows to the left of the zebras are eland.
"Into the Primitive" by Robert Ames Bennet
There are few wild animals; but the eland, hartebeest and smaller antelopes are found, as well as the leopard and the jackal.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4" by Various
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In news:

(BEVERLY M ELANDER/FOR THE SUNDAY GAZETTE).
Animals of the Zoo — Common eland (with video).
Xstrata Says Production at Eland Mine Halted as Workers Strike.
(photo: BEVERLY M ELANDER/FOR THE SUNDAY GAZETTE).
In the high alpine meadows of the Drakensberg, eland graze on the lush grasses.
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