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elephant ear

n.
1. See palmier.
2. Any of several plants grown as ornamentals for their large heart-shaped leaves, especially several genera in the family Araceae, including Alocasia, Caladium, Colocasia, and Xanthosoma.

[Sense 1, from its shape. Sense 2, from the appearance of the broad leaves.]
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Noun1.elephant ear - any plant of the genus Alocasia having large showy basal leaves and boat-shaped spathe and reddish berrieselephant ear - any plant of the genus Alocasia having large showy basal leaves and boat-shaped spathe and reddish berries
aroid, arum - any plant of the family Araceae; have small flowers massed on a spadix surrounded by a large spathe
genus Alocasia - tropical Asiatic herbs similar to Colocasia but distinguished by a large sterile spadix
Alocasia macrorrhiza, giant taro - large evergreen with extremely large erect or spreading leaves; cultivated widely in tropics for its edible rhizome and shoots; used in wet warm regions as a stately ornamental
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