One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The elephant of southern Asia, which is smaller than the African elephant, with smaller ears and only one lip to the trunk. It is often tamed as a beast of burden in India.
Elephas maximus, family ElephantidaeAlso called Asian elephant
- ‘They were herbivorous and are closely related to modern Indian elephants.’
- ‘‘Most people think that mammoths are predecessors of African and Indian elephants, but they were actually a completely different species that co-existed with them,’ he explained.’
- ‘Sometimes called the Indian elephant, this animal is also found in the dense forests and grassy plains of Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Malaya, and Sumatra.’
- ‘The zoo offices were once the airport club house and the old hangers are now used as the living area of a giraffe and the Indian elephants.’
- ‘While it's well known that many modern large animals, including Indian elephants, can swim, sauropods have long been viewed as bulky leviathans in a class of their own.’
- ‘The Indian elephant is the one found throughout Thailand, South East Asia, parts of India, the Himalayas and Borneo.’
- ‘The first time I ever saw Indian elephants in the wild, it took me ten minutes to identify them.’
- ‘Elephants have massive ossicles with total weight in the Indian elephant of approximately 650 mg.’
- ‘So you can find prints with subjects you normally would not expect on Japanese woodblock prints like Indian elephants or a mountain landscape in Alaska.’
- ‘Local tradition holds that the East India Trading Company gifted Indian elephants to the Sultan of Sulu (a nearby island) in 1750.’
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