From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wapiti \Wap"i*ti\, n. [Probably the Iroquois name. Bartlett.]
   The American elk (Cervus Canadensis). It is closely related
   to the European red deer, which it somewhat exceeds in size.
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   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.
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