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  • n. Plural form of howdah.


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  • Princes, own many elephants, which they ride on in little houses, called howdahs which are strapped to the backs of the big animals.

    Umboo, the Elephant

  • In the day excursions, the elephants are decorated in the most costly manner with rugs and fine stuffs, gold lace, and fringe; the seats called the howdahs are even covered with Cashmere shawls; richly fringed canopies keep off the heat of the sun, or else servants hold enormous umbrellas for this purpose.

    A Woman's Journey Round the World

  • We do not even know whether Indian elephants were decorated or carried "howdahs" [seats with railings] in Alexander's time.

    Riding with Alexander

  • Behind them, and for a mile or so that Jahanara and Roshanara could see, were ordered rows of camels, elephants, and men on foot—all carrying burdens, wrapped in cloth, strapped on their backs in howdahs or baskets.

    Shadow Princess

  • Then the Baluba boys carried the severely wounded on to the howdahs of the elephants, the Ubangi bowmen were assembled and dispatched up over the hills in a body, and finally the Tuaregs gathered around to form an escort for Julebba herself.

    Death Stalks The Ruins

  • Before I came I dreamt of howdahs and cloth of gold trappings, but my elephant had neither.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • So he made up a caravan on twenty splendid horses caparisoned in gold embroidered cloths, with fine morocco saddles and silver bridles and stirrups, also twenty camels of the best breed, which had the speed of race-horses, and could swing along at a trot all day without getting tired; and, lastly, twenty elephants, with magnificent silver howdahs and coverings of silk embroidered with pearls.

    The Brown Fairy Book

  • Phileas Fogg and Sir Francis Cromarty, plunged to the neck in the peculiar howdahs provided for them, were horribly jostled by the swift trotting of the elephant, spurred on as he was by the skilful Parsee; but they endured the discomfort with true British phlegm, talking little, and scarcely able to catch a glimpse of each other.

    Around the World in 80 Days

  • As for the young Indian woman, she had been unconscious throughout of what was passing, and now, wrapped up in a travelling-blanket, was reposing in one of the howdahs.

    Around the World in 80 Days

  • Provisions were purchased at Kholby, and, while Sir Francis and Mr. Fogg took the howdahs on either side, Passepartout got astride the saddle-cloth between them.

    Around the World in 80 Days


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