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Elk vs. Caribou

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Main Difference

The main difference between Elk and Caribou is that the Elk is a one of the largest species within the Cervidae or deer family in the world and Caribou is a species of deer.

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  • Elk (noun)

    Any large species of deer such as red deer, moose or wapiti.

  • Elk (noun)

    The subspecies of the moose (Alces alces alces, alternatively named Eurasian elk because the wapiti is also called elk) that occurs only in Europe and Asia (not to be confused with the species called moose {Alces alces} which encompasses all subspecies of the moose).

  • Elk (noun)

    The largest member of the deer family (Alces alces); a moose.

  • Elk (noun)

    The common wapiti (Cervus canadensis); the second largest member of the deer family, smaller only than a moose.

  • Caribou (noun)

    Any of several North American subspecies of the reindeer, Rangifer tarandus.

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  • Elk (noun)

    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.

  • Elk (noun)

    The European wild or whistling swan (Cygnus ferus).

  • Elk

    a member of the fraternal organization named Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, supporting various services to their communities.

  • Caribou (noun)

    The American reindeer, especially the common or woodland species (Rangifer Caribou).

Webster Dictionary
  • Elk (noun)

    large northern deer with enormous flattened antlers in the male; called elk in Europe and moose in North America

  • Caribou (noun)

    arctic deer with large antlers in both sexes; called reindeer in Eurasia and caribou in North America

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