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Definition of Elephant

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type of large land mammal with a long trunk and ivory tusks, pachyderm
Elephant Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
Middle-earth v2.2b
Giant beasts of the southern lands.
While we know much of the great elephant-like creatures known as the Mûmakil, it is not certain whether their lesser cousins that are still known today existed in Middle-earth. Gandalf does mention them in The Hobbit, so it is possible that they shared the wide burning plains of the Harad with their giant relatives.
Elephant Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Ivory; the tusk of the elephant.
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.
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\el"e*phant\ (?), n. [oe. elefaunt, olifant, of. olifant, f. éléphant, l. elephantus, elephas, -antis, fr. gr. &?;, &?;; 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. (zo?l.) 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. ivory; the tusk of the elephant. [obs.]
apple (bot.), an east indian fruit with a rough, hard rind, and edible pulp, borne by feronia elephantum, a large tree related to the orange.
bed (geol.), at brighton, england, abounding in fossil remains of elephants.
beetle (zo?l.), any very large beetle of the genus goliathus (esp. g. giganteus), of the family scarab?id?. they inhabit west africa.
fish (zo?l.), a chim?roid fish (callorhynchus antarcticus), with a proboscis-like projection of the snout.
paper, paper of large size, 23 × 28 inches.

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The Phrase Finder
Something that is more trouble than it is worth.
White (albino) elephants were regarded as holy in ancient times in Thailand and other Asian countries. To keep a white elephant was a very expensive task, since you had to provide the elephant with special food, and provide access for people who wanted to come and worship it. If a Thai King became, for some reason, dissatisfied with a sub-king, he would give him a white elephant. The gift would, in most cases, ruin the recipient.
Cockney rhyming slang.
Pertaining to the US white middle classes.Something that is more trouble than it is worth.
This disparaging term refers to the supposed bland and uninteresting nature of white middle class culture in the US. .
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Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
trod, m., eilifint
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Cawrfil = n. an elephant
Australian Slang
surfboard used for riding big waves
1. narcotic analgesic used to immobilise large animals such as the elephant or the rhinoceros, but now used illegally in small doses to stimulate racehorses; 2. (WWII military) rough alcoholic drink originally made by soldiers in New Guinea; 3. any drink considered to be as rough
hallucination reputedly experienced by alcoholics
WordNet 2.0

1. five-toed pachyderm
(hypernym) proboscidean, proboscidian
(hyponym) rogue elephant
(member-holonym) Elephantidae, family Elephantidae
2. the symbol of the Republican Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874
(hypernym) emblem, allegory
Elephant Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Elephant Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dream Dictionary
To dream of riding an elephant, denotes that you will possess wealth of the most solid character, and honors which you will wear with dignity. You will rule absolutely in all lines of your business affairs and your word will be law in the home. To see many elephants, denotes tremendous prosperity. One lone elephant, signifies you will live in a small but solid way. To dream of feeding one, denotes that you will elevate yourself in your community by your kindness to those occupying places below you.
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
Dream Symbols
Indicates a sensitive person who pretends to have a thick skin.
Elephant Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Elephants are large mammals of the family Elephantidae and the order Proboscidea. Two species are traditionally recognised, the African elephant (Loxodonta africana) and the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), although some evidence suggests that African bush elephants and African forest elephants are separate species (L. africana and L. cyclotis respectively). Elephants are scattered throughout sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Elephantidae is the only surviving family of the order Proboscidea; other, now extinct, members of the order include deinotheres, gomphotheres, mammoths, and mastodons. Male African elephants are the largest extant terrestrial animals and can reach a height of and weigh . All elephants have several distinctive features the most notable of which is a long trunk or proboscis, used for many purposes, particularly breathing, lifting water and grasping objects. Their incisors grow into tusks, which can serve as weapons and as tools for moving objects and digging. Elephants' large ear flaps help to control their body temperature. Their pillar-like legs can carry their great weight. African elephants have larger ears and concave backs while Asian elephants have smaller ears and convex or level backs.

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Elephant Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Amateur Radio Glossary
a repeater that receives further than it can transmit, big ears, small mouth!
Elephant Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Easton's Bible Dictionary
not found in Scripture except indirectly in the original Greek word (elephantinos) translated "of ivory" in Rev. 18:12, and in the Hebrew word (shenhabim, meaning "elephant's tooth") rendered "ivory" in 1 Kings 10:22 and 2 Chr. 9:21.