Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of howdah.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A seat, usually with a canopy, carried on the back of an elephant or camel.
  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See howdah.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See howdah.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a (usually canopied) seat for riding on the back of a camel or elephant

Etymologies

Hindi (hauda), from Arabic هودج hawdaj, ‘litter carried by a camel’. (1774) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Thinking then of the fair Egyptian, insensibly his gait became slower, and at length fell into the merest loiter, until finally he could discern a curtained houdah, and two persons seated within it.

    Ben-Hur, a tale of the Christ

  • From the houdah the slave brought her a crystal goblet; then she said to Ben-Hur -

    Ben-Hur, a tale of the Christ

  • Presently, raising the curtain of the houdah, she spoke to Ben-Hur, who sat his horse near by.

    Ben-Hur, a tale of the Christ

  • While the slave restored the tent and wares to the box under the houdah, and the Arab brought up the horses, the three principals laved themselves in the pool.

    Ben-Hur, a tale of the Christ

  • A little later, full into view swung a duplication of his own dromedary, tall and white, and bearing a houdah, the travelling litter of Hindostan.

    Ben-Hur, a tale of the Christ

  • A houdah on the animal, besides being unusually large, was of crimson and gold.

    Ben-Hur, a tale of the Christ

  • So the purple of the far mountains became intensely deep and rich if she distinguished it with an exclamation of praise; and when, now and then, the curtain of the houdah fell down, it seemed a sudden dullness had dropped from the sky, bedraggling all the landscape.

    Ben-Hur, a tale of the Christ

  • In the houdah, the old man moved to escape; but he was hampered with age, and could not, even in the face of danger, forget the dignity which was plainly his habit.

    Ben-Hur, a tale of the Christ

  • He threw the curtains of the houdah up, looked at the sun, surveyed the country on every side long and carefully, as if to identify an appointed place.

    Ben-Hur, a tale of the Christ

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