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.

    See also Indian elephant
    and See also African elephant
    • ‘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/