from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A seat, usually fitted with a canopy and railing, placed on the back of an elephant or a camel.
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. A seat or pavilion, generally covered, fastened on the back of an elephant, for the rider or riders.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A seat, commonly with a railing and canopy, erected on the back of an elephant for two or more persons to ride in.
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
Urdu haudah, from Arabic hawdaj, litter, sedan chair, from hadaja, to shuffle along, totter; see hdg in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Hindi hauda, from Arabic هودج (hawdaj, "litter carried by a camel"). (1774) (Wiktionary)