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.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
\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.
double elephant paper