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also hou·dah  (hou′də)
A seat, usually fitted with a canopy and railing, placed on the back of an elephant or a camel.

[Urdu haudah, from Arabic hawdaj, litter, sedan chair, from hadaja, to shuffle along, totter; see hdg in Semitic roots.]


(ˈhaʊdə) or


a seat for riding on an elephant's back, esp one with a canopy
[C18: from Hindi haudah, from Arabic haudaj load carried by elephant or camel]


or hou•dah

(ˈhaʊ də)

a seat or platform placed on the back of an elephant.
[1765–75; < Hindi haudah < Arabic hawdaj]


A Hindi word for a seat for passengers carried on an elephant’s back.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.howdah - a (usually canopied) seat for riding on the back of a camel or elephanthowdah - a (usually canopied) seat for riding on the back of a camel or elephant
seat - any support where you can sit (especially the part of a chair or bench etc. on which you sit); "he dusted off the seat before sitting down"


[ˈhaʊdə] Nhowdah f (silla para montar elefantes)


nSänfte f (auf Elefanten)
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It has a sort of howdah on its back, and its distended tusked mouth into which the billows are rolling, might be taken for the Traitors' Gate leading from the Thames by water into the Tower.
When thou art old, Kala Nag, there will come some rich rajah, and he will buy thee from the Government, on account of thy size and thy manners, and then thou wilt have nothing to do but to carry gold earrings in thy ears, and a gold howdah on thy back, and a red cloth covered with gold on thy sides, and walk at the head of the processions of the King.
At last he found something really fascinating laid on the front of a howdah half buried in the coins.
He looked down from his howdah and saw that the elephant had stepped across the body of a snake which was dragging itself through the jungle.
The emperor rode in a golden howdah upon the back of a huge elephant so covered with rich hangings and embellished with scintillating gems that scarce more than the beast's eyes and feet were visible.
Jumbo lived at London Zoo for about 16 years, where he delighted visitors by taking them on trips around the zoo grounds in the howdah on his back.
In the exhibition, a giant ceramic elephant complete with howdah, which was produced by Minton & Co.
50-caliber contrivances, howdah pistols and the like, many of which the average shooter will never have a chance to shoot, but we can enjoy their delights vicariously through Skinner's lively reportage.
Sadly, instead of a howdah on its back there was just a gaping hole.
She is famous for her novels which include 'The Moth Eaten Howdah of a Tusker', 'Pages Stained with Blood', 'The Man from Chinnamasta' and research on Ramayani studies-Ramayana from Ganga to Brahmaputra.
Six of us clambered up from the back of our 4x4 onto the howdah, an arrangement of seats on the back of an elephant, and the great creature swung smoothly away.
Each of these sections is further distinguished by obligatory motifs: the deserted campsite, the recalled departure of the beloved bobbing away in her decorated howdah (a covered litter), the slaughter of the naqa or she-camel.