wapiti

wapiti

[wop-i-tee]
noun, plural wapitis (especially collectively) wapiti.
elk ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1806, Americanism; < Shawnee wa·piti literally, white rump (equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *wa·p- white + *-etwiy- rump); introduced as an E word by U.S. physician and naturalist Benjamin S. Barton

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To Wapiti
Collins
World English Dictionary
wapiti (ˈwɒpɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -tis
Also called: American elk a large deer, Cervus canadensis, with large much-branched antlers, native to North America and now also common in the South Island of New Zealand
 
[C19: from Shawnee, literally: white deer, from wap (unattested) white; from the animal's white tail and rump]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;