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megaloceros

noun

an extinct giant deer of the Pleistocene epoch with the largest antlers of any deer known (13 ft across); also called Irish elk

Examples

The Megaloceros became generally extinct in c 10,500 BP, though some may have survived to 700-500 BC.

Word Origin

Gk. megalo- 'great' + keras 'horn'

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