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ˈɛl ə fəntEle·phant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elephantnoun

    five-toed pachyderm

  2. elephantnoun

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


  1. elephantnoun

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

  2. elephantnoun

    Anything huge and ponderous.

  3. elephantnoun

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

  4. elephantnoun

    used when counting to add length.

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

  5. Etymology: 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. Elephantnoun

    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. Elephantnoun

    ivory; the tusk of the elephant

  3. Etymology: [OE. elefaunt, olifant, OF. olifant, F. lphant, L. elephantus, elephas, -antis, fr. Gr. 'ele`fas, 'ele`fantos; of unknown origin; perh. fr. Skr. ibha, with the Semitic article al, el, prefixed, or fr. Semitic Aleph hindi Indian bull; or cf. Goth. ulbandus camel, AS. olfend.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Elephant

    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; Elephantī′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.]

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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. elephant

    See Pack and Draught Animals.

Editors Contribution

  1. elephant

    A type of animal.

    In some countries the elephants together to mate and live.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 12, 2016  

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Elephant in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Elephant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Elephant in a Sentence

  1. John McSweeney from Terry Lifts:

    You could describe it as a high-end chair lift. People don't want, in many cases, a chair-lift on their beautiful staircase and they don't necessarily want a lift; it's about looking at the lift for the long-term future proofing the property. And unlike a stairlift which is a permanent feature on your staircase, the lift can be sent away when you don't need it - so it's never the elephant in the room.

  2. Pierre Elliott Trudeau:

    Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt. (On relations with the US)

  3. Sean Hensman:

    An elephant's nose is amazing. Think about mammoths, which had to find food through the ice.

  4. Mark Sommer:

    A guy can invest in the Alberta oil sands or a Bakken shale-type company and they are going to make a little bit of money, but they are not going to hit that grand-slam home run we are looking for in elephant country.

  5. Sam Kamoto:

    This makes me feel happy. These animals have traveled a long distance and finally they are going out into a sort of freedom, malawi's elephant population, now, it is safe.

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    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
    • A. scarper
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    • C. loom
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