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elephant

  

      n   pl   , -phants, -phant  
1    either of the two proboscidean mammals of the family Elephantidae. The African elephant (Loxodonta africana) is the larger species, with large flapping ears and a less humped back than the Indian elephant (Elephas maximus), of S and SE Asia  
2      (Chiefly Brit)   a size of writing paper, 23 by 28 inches  
     (C13: from Latin elephantus, from Greek elephas elephant, ivory, of uncertain origin)  
  elephantoid      adj  


elephant bird  
      n      another name for       aepyornis  
elephant grass  
      n   any of various stout tropical grasses or grasslike plants, esp. Pennisetum purpureum, and Typha elephantina, a type of reed mace  
elephant seal  
      n   either of two large earless seals, Mirounga leonina of southern oceans or M. angustirostris of the N Atlantic, the males of which have a long trunklike snout  
elephant's-ear  
      n  
1    any aroid plant of the genus Colocasia, of tropical Asia and Polynesia, having very large heart-shaped leaves: grown for ornament and for their edible tubers  
   See also       taro  
2    any of various cultivated begonias with large showy leaves  
elephant's-foot   , elephant foot  
      n   a monocotyledonous plant, Testudinaria elephantipes, of southern Africa, with a very large starchy tuberous stem, covered in corky scales: family Dioscoreaceae  
elephant shrew  
      n   any small active African mammal of the family Macroscelididae and order Macroscelidea, having an elongated nose, large ears, and long hind legs  
sea elephant  
      n      another name for       elephant seal  
white elephant  
      n  
1    a rare albino or pale grey variety of the Indian elephant, regarded as sacred in parts of S Asia  
2    a possession that is unwanted by its owner  
3    an elaborate venture, construction, etc., that proves useless  
4    a rare or valuable possession the upkeep of which is very expensive  
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