Houdah definitions

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A seat, usually with a canopy, carried on the back of an elephant or camel.
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An ornate carriage which is positioned on the back of elephants or occasionally other animals, used most often in the past for rich people who travelled in India via elephant.
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Origin of houdah

Hindi (hauda), from Arabic هودج hawdaj, ‘litter carried by a camel’. (1774)