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elk

broad alces

The largest of the true deer (Alces alces) (shoulder height, 2·4 m/8 ft); widespread in temperate N hemisphere; usually solitary; long snout, with broad overhanging top lip; throat with loose flap of skin (called the ‘bell’); antlers broad, dish-like, with marginal projections; also known in North America as moose.

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