Definitions for elephantˈɛl ə fənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

el•e•phant*ˈɛl ə fənt(n.)(pl.)-phants; -phant

  1. either of two very large five-toed mammals of the family Elephantidae, characterized by a long prehensile trunk and large tusks esp. in the males, including Loxodonta africana of Africa, with large flapping ears, and Elephas maximus of India, with smaller ears.

    Category: Zoology, Mammals

  2. Ref: white elephant.

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Origin of elephant:

1250–1300; < L elephantus < Gk eléphās, s. elephant- ivory, elephant

Princeton's WordNet

  1. elephant(noun)

    five-toed pachyderm

  2. elephant(noun)

    the symbol of the Republican Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. elephant(noun)ˈɛl ə fənt

    a large gray animal with a trunk

Wiktionary

  1. elephant(Noun)

    A mammal of the order Proboscidea, having a trunk, and two large ivory tusks jutting from the upper jaw.

  2. elephant(Noun)

    Anything huge and ponderous.

  3. elephant(Noun)

    A printing-paper size measuring 30 inches x 22 inches.

  4. elephant(Noun)

    used when counting to add length.

    Let's play hide and seek. I'll count. One elephant, two elephant, three elephant...

  5. Origin: elefant, elefaunt, from elephant, learned borrowing from elephantus, from ἐλέφας (gen. ἐλέφαντος), compound of Berber ‘elephant’ (compare Tamahaq (Tahaggart) êlu, (Ghat) alu) and 334B30C03171331F (ābu) ‘elephant; ivory’. More at ivory. Replaced Middle English olifant, which replaced Old English elpend, olfend.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elephant(noun)

    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

  2. Elephant(noun)

    ivory; the tusk of the elephant

Freebase

  1. Elephant

    Elephants are large mammals of the family Elephantidae and the order Proboscidea. Traditionally, two species are recognised, the African elephant and the Asian elephant, although some evidence suggests that African bush elephants and African forest elephants are separate species. Elephants are scattered throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. They are the only surviving proboscideans; extinct species include mammoths and mastodons. The largest living terrestrial animals, male African elephants can reach a height of 4 m and weigh 7,000 kg. These animals have several distinctive features, including a long proboscis or trunk used for many purposes, particularly for grasping objects. Their incisors grow into tusks, which serve as tools for moving objects and digging and as weapons for fighting. The elephant's large ear flaps help to control the temperature of its body. African elephants have larger ears and concave backs while Asian elephants have smaller ears and convex or level backs. Elephants are herbivorous and can be found in different habitats including savannahs, forests, deserts and marshes. They prefer to stay near water. They are considered to be keystone species due to their impact on their environments. Other animals tend to keep their distance, and predators such as lions, tigers, hyenas and wild dogs usually target only the young elephants. Females tend to live in family groups, which can consist of one female with her calves or several related females with offspring. The latter are led by the oldest cow, known as the matriarch. Elephants have a fission-fusion society in which multiple family groups come together to socialise. Males leave their family groups when they reach puberty, and may live alone or with other males. Adult bulls mostly interact with family groups when looking for a mate and enter a state of increased testosterone and aggression known as musth, which helps them gain dominance and reproductive success. Calves are the centre of attention in their family groups and rely on their mothers for as long as three years. Elephants can live up to 70 years in the wild. They communicate by touch, sight, and sound; elephants use infrasound, and seismic communication over long distances. Elephant intelligence has been compared with that of primates and cetaceans. They appear to have self-awareness and show empathy for dying or dead individuals of their kind.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Elephant

    a genus of mammals, of which there are two species, the Indian and the African; the latter attains a greater size, and is hunted for the sake of its tusks, which may weigh as much as 70 lbs.; the former is more intelligent, and easily capable of being domesticated; the white elephant is a variety of this species.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'elephant' in Nouns Frequency: #2347


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

elephant(noun)

a very large type of animal with very thick skin, a trunk and two tusks.

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