Let's play hide and seek. I'll count. One elephant, two elephant, three elephant...
An example of an elephant is the big animal at the zoo with a trunk.
An example of an elephant is the symbol of the Republican Party.
- A matter or problem that is obvious or of great importance but that is not discussed openly.
- An obvious, crucial factor or fact that is being ignored deliberately, as because it is unpleasant or disconcerting.
Origin of elephant
- 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
- 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.