from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Either of two very large herbivorous mammals, Elephas maximus of south-central Asia or Loxodonta africana of Africa, having thick, almost hairless skin, a long, flexible, prehensile trunk, upper incisors forming long curved tusks of ivory, and, in the African species, large fan-shaped ears.
- n. Any of various extinct or living animals related to either of these two animals.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mammal of the order Proboscidea, having a trunk, and two large ivory tusks jutting from the upper jaw.
- n. Anything huge and ponderous.
- n. A printing-paper size measuring 30 inches x 22 inches.
- n. used when counting to add length.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mammal of the order Proboscidia and family Elephantidae, of which two living species, Elephas maximus (formerly Elephas Indicus) and Loxodonta Africana (formerly E. Africanus), and several fossil species, are known. They have five toes, a long proboscis or trunk, and two large ivory tusks proceeding from the extremity of the upper jaw, and curving upwards. The molar teeth are large and have transverse folds. Elephants are the largest land animals now existing. The elephant is classed as a pachyderm.
- n. Ivory; the tusk of the elephant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A five-toed proboscidian mammal, of the genus Elephas, constituting a subfamily, Elephantinæ, and comprehending two living species, namely, Elephas indicus and Elephas (Loxodon) africanus.
- n. The former inhabits India, and is characterized by a concave high forehead, small ears, and comparatively small tusks; the latter is found in Africa, and has a convex forehead, great flapping ears, and large tusks. The tusks occur in both sexes, curving upward from the extremity of the upper jaw. The nose is prolonged into a cylindrical trunk or proboscis, at the extremity of which the nostrils open. The trunk is extremely flexible and highly sensitive, and terminates in a finger-like prehensile lobe. Elephants are the largest quadrupeds at present existing. Their tusks are of great value as ivory, furnishing an important article of commerce, in Africa especially, and occasioning the destruction of great numbers of these animals. Ten species of fossil elephants have been described, of which the best-known is the hairy mammoth, E. primigenius. The mastodons are nearly related to elephants, but form a separate subfamily Mastodontinæ (which see).
- n. Figuratively, a burdensome or perplexing possession or charge; something that one does not know what to do with or how to get rid of: as, to have an elephant on one's hands; he found his great house very much of an elephant.
- n. Ivory; the tusk of the elephant.
- n. A drawing-or writing-paper measuring in America 22x27 inches.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. five-toed pachyderm
- n. the symbol of the Republican Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874
While you may think the elephant is yours and yours alone, even the most solitary of projects are easier to digest with the right team and network in place.
In Arabian literature the elephant is always connected with India.
This lower jaw seemed incomprehensible, almost a monstrosity -- until it occurred to me that it exactly corresponds to the elongated upper lip and nose which we call the elephant's trunk -- and that the trunk of "Tetrabelodon" must have rested on his long lower jaw.
His snout was drawn out so as to form that wonderful elongated thing with two nostrils at the end which we call the elephant's trunk, and was henceforth transmitted (a first-rate example of an "acquired character") to future generations!
He writes of his safe arrival at what he calls the elephant-pens, and as a matter of course too late.
Alvin Blyer, regional director of the Brooklyn office of the NLRB, brought attention to what he described as the elephant in the room: the immigration and legal status of the workers.
The head of an athletic department in the mighty Southeastern Conference says the biggest problem with meeting gender equity is what he calls the elephant in the room: College football.
Mr. Davies also points to what he calls the elephant in the room - the fact that Britain remains outside of the euro zone.
Over the past four years, Maryland's governor and legislators have gone to extraordinary pains to pretend this elephant is not in their living room, even as it strains our fiscal solvency.
The elephant is a wise and stoic creature, which makes one realize that the jackass is really the sign of the Republican party, whose members apologize to BP for "shakedowns," i.e. trying to help the local survive an environmental catastrophe.