Howdah definition

houdə
A seat, usually fitted with a canopy and railing, placed on the back of an elephant or a camel.
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A seat, esp. with a canopy and railing, for riding on the back of an elephant or camel.
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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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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
howdah
Plural:
howdahs

Origin of howdah

  • Urdu haudah from Arabic hawdaj litter, sedan chair from hadaja to shuffle along, totter hdg in Semitic roots

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

  • Hindi [Devanagari?] hauda, from Arabic هودج (hawdaj, “litter carried by a camel”). (1774)

    From Wiktionary