Elephant Definition

ĕlə-fənt
elephants
noun
Any of an order (Proboscidea) of huge, thick-skinned, almost hairless mammals, the largest of extant four-footed animals, with a long, flexible snout (called a trunk) and, usually, two ivory tusks growing out of the upper jaw: the existing species are the endangered Asian (or Indian) elephantIndian elephant (Elephas maximus), which is commonly domesticated, and two species of African elephant (Loxodonta africana and Loxodonta cyclotis), which have a flatter head and larger ears.
Webster's New World
Any of various extinct animals of the family Elephantidae.
American Heritage

(figuratively) Anything huge and ponderous.

Wiktionary
(paper, printing) A printing-paper size measuring 30 inches x 22 inches.
Wiktionary
(UK, childish) Used when counting to add length.
Let's play hide and seek. I'll count. One elephant, two elephant, three elephant...
Wiktionary
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idiom
elephant in the room
  • A matter or problem that is obvious or of great importance but that is not discussed openly.
American Heritage
elephant in the room
  • an obvious, crucial factor or fact that is being ignored deliberately, as because it is unpleasant or disconcerting
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Elephant

Noun

Singular:
elephant
Plural:
elephants

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Origin of Elephant

  • Middle English elefant, elefaunt, from Old French elefant, elefan, olifant, re-latinized in Middle French as elephant, from Latin elephantus, from Ancient Greek ἐλέφας (eléphās) (gen. ἐλέφαντος (eléphantos)). Believed to be derived from an Afro-Asiatic form such as Proto-Berber *eḷu (“elephant”) (compare Tamahaq (Tahaggart) êlu, (Ghat) alu) or Egyptian (ȝbw) (ābu) ‘elephant; ivory’. More at ivory. Replaced Middle English olifant, which replaced Old English elpend, olfend.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English elefaunt from Old French olifant from Vulgar Latin olifantus from Latin elephantus from Greek elephās elephant-

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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