Definitions of elephant

  1. the symbol of the Republican Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. five-toed pachyderm Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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
  4. Ivory; the tusk of the elephant. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A large animal with a flexible trunk and large tusks: the largest of existing land animals. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. The largest quadruped, having a very thick skin, a trunk, and two ivory tasks. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. The largest existing quadruped. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. A large quadruped with tusks and a flexible proboscis. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. 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.
  10. The name of a well-known animal. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. not found in Scripture except indirectly in the original Greek word (elephantinos) translated "of ivory" in Revelation 18:12 , and in the Hebrew word (shenhabim, meaning "elephant's tooth") rendered "ivory" in 1 Kings 10:22 and 2 Chronicles 9:21 . biblestudytools.com
  12. Large, grey, four-legged mammal. foldoc_fs
  13. el'e-fant, n. the largest quadruped, having a very thick skin, a trunk, and two ivory tusks: a special size of paper.--ns. ELEPHAN'TIAC, one affected with elephantiasis; ELEPHANT[=I]'ASIS, a disease chiefly of tropical climates, consisting of an overgrowth of the skin and connective tissue of the parts affected, with occasional attacks of inflammation resembling erysipelas.--adjs. ELEPHANT'INE, pertaining to an elephant: like an elephant: very large or ungainly; ELEPHANT'OID, elephant-like.--ns. EL'EPHANT-SEAL, the largest of the seals, the male measuring about 20 feet in length; EL'EPHANT'S-FOOT, a plant of which the root-stock forms a large fleshy mass resembling an elephant's foot, used as food by the Hottentots; EL'EPHANT-SHREW, name applied to a number of long-nosed, long-legged Insectivora, natives of Africa, and notable for their agile jumping over loose sand.--A WHITE ELEPHANT, a gift which occasions the recipient more trouble than it is worth--a white elephant being a common gift of the kings of Siam to a courtier they wished to ruin. [M. E. olifaunt--O. Fr. olifant--L. elephantum, elephas, -antis--Gr. elephas, acc. to some from Heb. eleph, aleph, an ox.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  14. Huge four-footed pachyderm with proboscis& long curved ivory tusks; white e., burdensome possession (from cost of maintenance); size of paper (28x23 in.; double e., 40x26 ½). Hence elephantoid a. [Middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  15. Drawing-paper measuring twenty-eight inches by twenty-three (from its size). Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  16. n. [Latin] A quadruped of the tribe of pachyderms, of two living species, characterized by a proboscis and two large ivory tusks. They are the largest quadrupeds existing; — the tusk of the elephant; ivory. Cabinet Dictionary
  17. The largest of all quadrupeds. Complete Dictionary

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