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n. pl. eland also e·lands
Either of two large African antelopes (Taurotragus oryx or T. derbianus) having a light brown or grayish coat, spirally twisted horns, and in the male a large dewlap.

[Afrikaans, from Dutch, elk, from obsolete German Elend, of Baltic origin; akin to Lithuanian élnias, deer.]


1. (Animals) a large spiral-horned antelope, Taurotragus oryx, inhabiting bushland in eastern and southern Africa. It has a dewlap and a hump on the shoulders and is light brown with vertical white stripes
2. (Animals) giant eland a similar but larger animal, T. derbianus, living in wooded areas of central and W Africa
[C18: via Afrikaans from Dutch eland elk; related to Old Slavonic jeleni stag, Greek ellos fawn]


(ˈi lənd)

n., pl. e•lands, (esp. collectively) e•land.
either of two large African antelopes of the genus Taurotragus, having long, spirally twisted horns.
[1780–90; < Afrikaans < Dutch: elk; akin to elk]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eland - either of two large African antelopes of the genus Taurotragus having short spirally twisted horns in both sexeseland - either of two large African antelopes of the genus Taurotragus having short spirally twisted horns in both sexes
antelope - graceful Old World ruminant with long legs and horns directed upward and backward; includes gazelles; springboks; impalas; addax; gerenuks; blackbucks; dik-diks
genus Taurotragus, Taurotragus - African antelopes: elands
common eland, Taurotragus oryx - dark fawn-colored eland of southern and eastern Africa
giant eland, Taurotragus derbianus - large dark striped eland of western equatorial Africa
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