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[wop-i-tee] /ˈwɒp ɪ ti/
noun, plural wapitis (especially collectively) wapiti.
elk (def 2).
Origin of wapiti
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 Unabridged
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  • The wapiti and the Virginia deer can be raised successfully and cheaply under many different conditions of food and climate.

    Fur Farming A. R. Harding
  • The wapiti was carefully skinned, and the skin spread out to dry.

    The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid
  • Signs of wapiti were plentiful, though I never came up with a single beast all the afternoon.

    The Wolves of God Algernon Blackwood
  • The skin of the wapiti, however, is held in high esteem among the Indians.

    The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid
  • With the two steers, Star and Bright, wapiti was not on very good terms.

    The Heart of the Ancient Wood Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The wapiti is graceful and proud in its bearing and very light in its movements.

  • The bighorn resembles the wapiti in colour, although it is of a lighter brown, especially in winter.

    North America Israel C. Russell
  • Just then there came a wild bellow from the direction of wapiti's yard.

    Two in a Zoo Curtis Dunham
  • Instead of two or three days' march, we had owing to a chapter of accidents taken ten days to get into the wapiti country.

  • So a request to the sportsmen on the wapiti had caused them to turn aside.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for wapiti


noun (pl) -tis
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 Also called American elk
Word Origin
C19: from Shawnee, literally: white deer, from wap (unattested) white; from the animal's white tail and rump
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