Definition of elephant in English:

elephant

noun

  • 1A heavy plant-eating mammal with a prehensile trunk, long curved ivory tusks, and large ears, native to Africa and southern Asia. It is the largest living land animal.

    • ‘Tigers, elephants and a few others animals still roam there and along the borders.’
    • ‘What about tigers, elephants and ducks listening to a chorus of frogs singing happily?’
    • ‘Living with elephants and giraffes, and seeing lions hunt and kill, was fantastic.’
    • ‘If we announced that we were in the market for fresh ivory, of course that would encourage the poaching of elephants.’
    • ‘Herds of elephants stroll past as lions hide in bushes eyeing up a feast of zebras.’
    • ‘The narrative starts with the violent death of the young elephant's mother.’
    • ‘We forbid the sale of goods made from endangered species such as elephants and rhino.’
    • ‘He referred to past incidents involving elephants that have created bad publicity.’
    • ‘There were grazing giraffes, ostriches and above all, these wonderful elephants.’
    • ‘You used to get lions and tigers and seals with ball skills and elephants giving slow rides to juggling monkeys.’
    • ‘Last July, the Berkeley Museum of Art at the University of California hosted an exhibit of elephant art.’
    • ‘Towards the end of the Miocene, modern cats and the first elephants arrived on the scene.’
    • ‘His notoriety first spread as the poacher of wild elephants for their precious tusks.’
    • ‘Animals such as elephants also use infrasound to communicate over long distances or as weapons to repel foes.’
    • ‘The zoo is really cool and we saw all the favourites the best of which were lemurs, elephants and the zebras of course.’
    • ‘She loved the elephants and spent a good ten minutes pointing and making elephant noises.’
    • ‘The sale of new ivory was banned in 1989 to curb the slaughter of elephants in Africa.’
    • ‘They will visit Nairobi Nursery, where the smallest orphaned elephants and rhinos are kept.’
    • ‘On watching the footage, you start to believe that elephants may indeed be as intelligent as the great apes.’
    • ‘The good news is that mice can scare elephants, and that happens from time to time.’
  • 2British A size of paper, now standardized at 28 × 23 inches (approximately 711 × 584 mm)

    • ‘Further, if we recall the great size of a typical elephant, the figure of Coryate is out of scale, much too large.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French elefant, via Latin from Greek elephas, elephant- ivory, elephant.

Pronunciation:

elephant

/ˈeləfənt/