• WordNet 3.6
    • n wapiti common deer of temperate Europe and Asia
    • n wapiti large North American deer with large much-branched antlers in the male
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wapiti (Zoöl) The American elk (Cervus Canadensis). It is closely related to the European red deer, which it somewhat exceeds in size.☞ By some writers it is thought to be a variety of the red deer, but it is considered a distinct species by others. It is noted for the large, branching antlers of the male.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wapiti The North American stag or elk, Cervus canadensis, which is the North American representative of the stag or red deer of Europe, and resembles the latter, though it is much larger and of a stronger make, being one of the largest living representatives of the family Cervidæ. Wapiti is chiefly a book-name of this deer, which has generally been known since about 1809 as the elk—a name applied in Europe to a very different animal, corresponding to that called moose in North America. (See elk (with cut), moose, stag.) The full-grown male wapiti may exceed a height of 16 hands at the withers, and acquire a weight of more than 1,000 pounds, though not averaging over 600; the form is short for its stature. The coat is some shade of yellowish-gray or brownish-gray, darkening to chestnut-brown on the head, neck, and limbs, even blackening on the belly; on the rump is a white patch bordered with black and extending into the groin; the tail is extremely short. The antlers are very long, with comparatively slender, cylindric, and regularly curved beam, giving off in front the brow- and bez-antlers close together, the royal at end of first third of the beam, a large sur-royal at end of second third, and then forking dichotomously (only exceptionally acquiring any palmation like the crown of the European stag). A pair of good-sized antlers may weigh, with the skull, 50 or 60 pounds, measure 4 or 5 feet along the curve of the beam, and spread 3 or 4 feet apart. The venison is well flavored and highly nutritious. The wapiti has inhabited North America from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from Mexico to about 57° in the interior; but it has been hunted out of nearly all its range, and is now found chiefly in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States, especially of the Upper Missouri and Yellowstone rivers. It is gregarious, goes in herds or droves sometimes of many hundreds, is slaughtered with little difficulty, and would soon become extinct were no measures taken for its preservation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wapiti wop′i-ti a species of deer of large size, native to North America—often called elk and gray moose, though very different from the true elk or moose-deer.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably the Iroquois name. Bartlett,


In literature:

Cheer up, friend, for it isn't the call that makes the big wapiti, as they say out west in my country.
"Greenmantle" by John Buchan
It is Bugler the Elk, or Wapiti, of whom I shall tell you to-morrow.
"The Burgess Animal Book for Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
He wants Wapiti men, he says.
"The Sky Pilot in No Man's Land" by Ralph Connor
If he was a wapiti he'd carry the finest pair of antlers ever was.
"You Never Know Your Luck, Complete Being The Story Of A Matrimonial Deserter" by Gilbert Parker
Farther up, the wind walked on the dry leaves with a sound like a thousand wapiti trooping down the mountain.
"The Trail Book" by Mary Austin
I went out with the hunters at dawn but saw nothing except an old wapiti track and a little sign.
"Camps and Trails in China" by Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
The extermination of the wapiti began with the settlement of the American colonies.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
In comparison with moose, wapiti, and other deer of North America, the Woodland caribou ranks third in size.
"The Drama of the Forests" by Arthur Heming
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
They all saw that he had been observing the wapiti.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid

In news:

A bull elk shortly after defeating a foe near Wapiti Crossing along Hwy.
The lawsuit stems largely from issues surrounding the Elk River City Council's denial of Wapiti Park's request to renew a permit for a campground building.
The Elk River City Council voted unanimously April 18 to begin the process to consider revoking Wapiti Park Campground's conditional use permit.
Wapiti 's annual 3-D shoot is set.
The Wapiti Bowmen Archery Club, a family oriented club dedicated to the promotion of the sport of archery since 1964, will be hosting the annual Spring 3-D Archery Shoot, March 5-6 at the club, 374 E Arnette Road Port Angeles.
Wapiti valley residence, wapiti valley, wyo.
Dehua announced Monday evening that it was changing course, after it had received a request for information on the planned shutdown of its Wapiti River coal project.
Step back in time at the Wapiti Historical Rendezvous this weekend in Nowthen.
John Kramer shows a bear skin to a visitor at the Wapiti Historical Rendezvous booth during the 2012 Nowthen Threshing Show.
The Wapiti sow with her cubs in June, 2011, before she was a suspect in any crimes.