Meaning of Megaloceros in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmɛɡəˈlɒsərəs/


  • A very large extinct deer of the Pleistocene epoch, in particular the Irish elk.

    ‘The Irish Elk, Megaloceros, died about 11,000 years ago when glaciers covered much of Europe, its home land.’
    • ‘The Irish Elk, Megaloceros, is misnamed, for it is neither exclusively Irish nor is it an elk.’
    • ‘The Irish elk is also known as the giant deer (Megaloceros giganteus).’
    • ‘Some Pleistocene cervids had spectacular antlers; these include the ‘Irish elk’ Megaloceros, which was not an elk and was not restricted to Ireland.’
    • ‘The giant deer (Megaloceros giganteus) roamed Europe and Central Asia alongside humans until its extinction some 8,000 years ago.’


Modern Latin, from Greek megas, megalo- ‘great’ + keras ‘horn’.