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 for Cervus alces
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  elk \elk\ ([e^]lk), n. [Icel. elgr; akin to Sw. elg, AS. eolh,
     OHG. elaho, MHG. elch, cf. L. alces; perh. akin to E. eland.]
     (Zo["o]l.)
     A large deer, of several species. The European elk Alces
     alces (formerly Alces machlis or Cervus alces) is
     closely allied to the American moose. The American elk, or
     wapiti ({Cervus Canadensis) the largest member of the deer
     family, has large, spreading antlers and is closely related
     to the European stag. See Moose, and Wapiti.
     [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
     Irish elk (Paleon.), a large, extinct, Quaternary deer
        ({Cervus giganteus) with widely spreading antlers. Its
        remains have been found beneath the peat of swamps in
        Ireland and England. See Illustration in Appendix; also
        Illustration of Antler.
  
     Cape elk (Zo["o]l.), the eland. elk

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