Definitions of elephant

  1. five-toed pachyderm Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A mammal of the order Proboscidia, of which two living species, Elephas Indicus and E. Africanus, and several fossil species, are known. They have a proboscis or trunk, and two large ivory tusks proceeding from the extremity of the upper jaw, and curving upwards. The molar teeth are large and have transverse folds. Elephants are the largest land animals now existing. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Ivory; the tusk of the elephant. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The largest existing quadruped. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. A large quadruped with tusks and a flexible proboscis. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. The largest of existing quadrupeds, having a thick skin, a long flexible trunk, and two ivory tusks, and famous for its sagacity and docility, there being two species, the Asiatic or Indian and the African. The order of the White Elephant, a very ancient Danish order of knighthood, restricted to thirty knights. The elephant beetle, a large species of the genus scarabaeus. Elephant paper, a large-sized drawing paper. Elephant's foot, a genus of tropical plants, with a fleshy root used as food by the Hottentots. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. The name of a well-known animal. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for elephant

  1. Even as he spoke, his elephant rose and began to move out. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  2. The president lifted his little elephant and brought it down hard. – Polly and the Princess by Emma C. Dowd