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el·e·phant

(ĕl′ə-fənt)
n.
1. Any of several very large herbivorous mammals of the family Elephantidae native to Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, having thick, almost hairless skin, a long, flexible, prehensile trunk, upper incisors forming long curved tusks of ivory, and, in the African species, large fan-shaped ears.
2. Any of various extinct animals of the family Elephantidae.
Idiom:
elephant in the room
A matter or problem that is obvious or of great importance but that is not discussed openly.

[Middle English elefaunt, from Old French elefant, from Latin elephantus, from Greek elephās, elephant-, ivory, elephant, probably of Afro-Asiatic origin; akin to Tawllemet (Berber language of Mali) eləw and Mokilko (Chadic language of central Chad) 'êlbi, elephant, and possibly also to Egyptian 3bw, elephant, ivory, and Oromo arba, elephant.]

elephant

(ˈɛlɪfənt)
n, pl -phants or -phant
1. (Animals) 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. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) chiefly Brit a size of writing paper, 23 by 28 inches
3. elephant in the room an obvious truth deliberately ignored by all parties in a situation
[C13: from Latin elephantus, from Greek elephas elephant, ivory, of uncertain origin]
ˈelephanˌtoid adj

el•e•phant

(ˈɛl ə fənt)

n., pl. -phants, (esp. collectively) -phant for 1.
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.
[1250–1300; < Latin elephantus < Greek eléphās, s. elephant- ivory, elephant]

el·e·phant

(ĕl′ə-fənt)
1. A large mammal having thick, nearly hairless skin, a long flexible trunk, and long curved ivory tusks. There are two living species of elephants, the African and the Indian elephant. They can live over 60 years in the wild and display complex social behavior.
2. Any of various extinct animals, such as the mammoths, that are related to the living elephants.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.elephant - five-toed pachydermelephant - five-toed pachyderm      
tusk - a long pointed tooth specialized for fighting or digging; especially in an elephant or walrus or hog
proboscis, trunk - a long flexible snout as of an elephant
pachyderm - any of various nonruminant hoofed mammals having very thick skin: elephant; rhinoceros; hippopotamus
proboscidean, proboscidian - massive herbivorous mammals having tusks and a long trunk
rogue elephant - a wild and vicious elephant separated from the herd
Elephas maximus, Indian elephant - Asian elephant having smaller ears and tusks primarily in the male
African elephant, Loxodonta africana - an elephant native to Africa having enormous flapping ears and ivory tusks
mammoth - any of numerous extinct elephants widely distributed in the Pleistocene; extremely large with hairy coats and long upcurved tusks
gomphothere - extinct elephants of Central American and South America; of the Miocene and Pleistocene
2.elephant - the symbol of the Republican Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874
allegory, emblem - a visible symbol representing an abstract idea

elephant

noun
Related words
adjective elephantine
male bull
female cow
young calf
Translations
فيلفِيل
слон
slon
elefant
elefanto
elevant
elefanttinorsu
slonslonica
elefánt
gajah
fíll
ゾウ
코끼리
elephantuselephas
dramblys
zilonis
słońsłonica
elefant
slon
slonslonica
elefant
ndovutembo
ช้าง
слон
con voi

elephant

[ˈelɪfənt] N (elephants or elephant (pl)) → elefante m
see also white C

elephant

[ˈɛlɪfənt] néléphant m

elephant

nElefant m ? pink1 ADJ a, white elephant

elephant

[ˈɛlɪfənt] nelefante/essa

elephant

(ˈelifənt) noun
a very large type of animal with very thick skin, a trunk and two tusks.

elephant

فِيل slon elefant Elefant ελέφαντας elefante elefantti éléphant slon elefante ゾウ 코끼리 olifant elefant słoń elefante слон elefant ช้าง fil con voi 大象
References in classic literature ?
Kala Nag, which means Black Snake, had served the Indian Government in every way that an elephant could serve it for forty-seven years, and as he was fully twenty years old when he was caught, that makes him nearly seventy--a ripe age for an elephant.
The happy medium for stump-clearing is the lord of all beasts, who is the elephant.
Hardly had we done so, when from the pool, about a hundred yards off, we heard the strident trumpeting of an elephant.
Had this tail any prehensile power, I should straightway bethink me of Darmonodes' elephant that so frequented the flower-market, and with low salutations presented nosegays to damsels, and then caressed their zones.
An elephant that belongs to an Indian who lives but a hundred steps from here.
The elephant was now making some headway, and soon reached a clearing where his whole body could be seen.
The animals of Abyssinia; the elephant, unicorn, their horses and cows; with a particular account of the moroc.
As these thoughts passed through his mind, he met an Elephant and came close to hold a conversation with him.
To Numa, the lion, to Tantor, the elephant, to the great apes and the lesser apes, to each and all of the myriad creatures of this savage wild, the ways of man were new.
At last his listening ears were rewarded by the sound they craved--the trumpeting of a bull elephant, and a few moments later Korak broke through the trees into the presence of Tantor, standing with upraised trunk, waving his great ears.
The boon companion of the colossal elephant was a common cat
For weeks Tarzan lived with his savage friends, hunting buffalo, antelope, and zebra for meat, and elephant for ivory.