Elephant's ear
Elephant El"e*phant ([e^]l"[-e]*fant), n. [OE. elefaunt, olifant, OF. olifant, F. ['e]l['e]phant, L. elephantus, elephas, -antis, fr. Gr. 'ele`fas, 'ele`fantos; 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["o]l.) A mammal of the order {Proboscidia} and family {Elephantidae}, of which two living species, {Elephas maximus} (formerly {Elephas Indicus}) and {Loxodonta Africana} (formerly {E. Africanus}), and several fossil species, are known. They have five toes, a long 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. The elephant is classed as a pachyderm. [1913 Webster]

2. Ivory; the tusk of the elephant. [Obs.] --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Elephant 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.

{Elephant bed} (Geol.), at Brighton, England, abounding in fossil remains of elephants. --Mantell.

{Elephant beetle} (Zo["o]l.), any very large beetle of the genus {Goliathus} (esp. {G. giganteus}), of the family {Scarab[ae]id[ae]}. They inhabit West Africa.

{Elephant fish} (Zo["o]l.), a chim[ae]roid fish ({Callorhynchus antarcticus}), with a proboscis-like projection of the snout.

{Elephant paper}, paper of large size, 23 [times] 28 inches.

{Double elephant paper}, paper measuring 263/4 [times] 40 inches. See Note under {Paper}.

{Elephant seal} (Zo["o]l.), an African jumping shrew ({Macroscelides typicus}), having a long nose like a proboscis.

{Elephant's ear} (Bot.), a name given to certain species of the genus Begonia, which have immense one-sided leaves.

{Elephant's foot} (Bot.) (a) A South African plant ({Testudinaria Elephantipes}), which has a massive rootstock covered with a kind of bark cracked with deep fissures; -- called also {tortoise plant}. The interior part is barely edible, whence the plant is also called {Hottentot's bread}. (b) A genus ({Elephantopus}) of coarse, composite weeds.

{Elephant's tusk} (Zo["o]l.), the tooth shell. See {Dentalium}. [1913 Webster]


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  • elephant's-ear — [el′ə fənts ir΄] n. 1. any of several plants (genus Colocasia) of the arum family, esp. an ornamental ( C. antiquorum) having enormous heart shaped leaves 2. any of various cultivated begonias with large, showy leaves …   English World dictionary

  • elephant's-ear — tikroji rintausė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Mimozinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, medieninis, vaistinis augalas (Enterolobium cyclocarpum), paplitęs Šiaurės ir Pietų Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Enterolobium cyclocarpum angl. devil s ear;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • elephant's-ear — valgomoji kolokazija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Aroninių šeimos daržovinis, dekoratyvinis, krakmolinis, maistinis, pašarinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Colocasia esculenta), kilęs iš atogrąžų Azijos. atitikmenys: lot. Arum… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • elephant's-ear — dvispalvis kaladis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Aroninių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Caladium bicolor), paplitęs Pietų Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Caladium bicolor angl. caladium; elephant s ear; fancy leaf… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • elephant's-ear — /el euh feuhnts ear /, n. the taro. [1865 70, Amer.] * * * elˈephant s ears or elˈephant s ear noun 1. Any of various begonias or varieties of ornamental arum with heart shaped leaves 2. Applied also to other large leaved plants such as bergenias …   Useful english dictionary

  • elephant's ear — noun 1. any plant of the genus Alocasia having large showy basal leaves and boat shaped spathe and reddish berries • Syn: ↑alocasia, ↑elephant ear • Hypernyms: ↑arum, ↑aroid • Hyponyms: ↑giant taro, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • elephant's ear — /ˈɛləfənts ɪə/ (say eluhfuhnts ear) noun 1. → taro. 2. any plant of the genus Begonia, family Begoniaceae, of tropical regions. 3. any of various other plants whose leaves resemble the ears of an elephant, as the cunjevoi  (cunjevoi2 def. 1) …   Australian English dictionary

  • elephant's-ear — /el euh feuhnts ear /, n. the taro. [1865 70, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • elephant's ear — noun Date: 1866 any of several large leaved plants of the arum family: as a. taro b. any of a genus (Alocasia) of tropical Asian perennial herbs cultivated as ornamentals for their large heavily veined basal leaves …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Elephant's foot — Elephant El e*phant ([e^]l [ e]*fant), n. [OE. elefaunt, olifant, OF. olifant, F. [ e]l[ e]phant, L. elephantus, elephas, antis, fr. Gr. ele fas, ele fantos; of unknown origin; perh. fr. Skr. ibha, with the Semitic article al, el, prefixed, or fr …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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