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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.]
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(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]
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or hou•dah

(ˈhaʊ də)

a seat or platform placed on the back of an elephant.
[1765–75; < Hindi haudah < Arabic hawdaj]
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A Hindi word for a seat for passengers carried on an elephant’s back.
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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"
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[ˈhaʊdə] Nhowdah f (silla para montar elefantes)
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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.
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.
At last he found something really fascinating laid on the front of a howdah half buried in the coins.
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.
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.
The Parsee, who was an accomplished elephant driver, covered his back with a sort of saddle-cloth, and attached to each of his flanks some curiously uncomfortable howdahs. Phileas Fogg paid the Indian with some banknotes which he extracted from the famous carpet-bag, a proceeding that seemed to deprive poor Passepartout of his vitals.
And in November 1963, the distinctive piece was loaded onto a flatbed and wheeled through the streets sporting a howdah -- a south east Asian riding seat -- and ridden by a mahout in traditional dress.
A howdah was a platform placed on an elephant's back where a hunter would ride.
The howdah that is used for lights contains altogether 20 lights for the two stages; hence, sometimes they have to be manually disconnected and moved to new locations.
A number of cultural troupes, decorated elephants, tableaus, depicting scenes from the legend, and a 750 kg Golden Howdah, which contains an idol of the goddess Chamundeshwari and has been carried by the elephant Arjuna since 2012, are all part of the 'Dasara' extravaganza here in Mysuru.