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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Wapiti \Wap"i*ti\, n. [Probably the Iroquois name. Bartlett.] (Zool.) The American elk (Cervus Canadensis). It is closely related to the European red deer, which it somewhat exceeds in size. [1913 Webster] Note: By some writers it is thought to be a variety of the red deer, but it is considered a distinct species by others. It is noted for the large, branching antlers of the male. [1913 Webster]