from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Same as
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- noun India An inclosure constructed to entrap wild elephants; an elephant trap.
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In vain a whole lot of _koomkies_ were brought out to try and induce him to follow them into the _keddah_; he was not to be tempted, and tore and strained at his ropes to such a degree that the _mahout_ feared he would make wounds that could never be healed; so he took away the _koomkies_ and waited yet another night.
And so, after the first few, heavy, swinging steps, the reflection of the fire behind him showed him the outline of a _keddah_ just in front, and with a shrill roar of rage Rataplan turned suddenly and fiercely round, dashed headlong through the line of fire, and, with a mighty trumpeting, disappeared into the forest.
The _mahout_ realized that unless he got him into the _keddah_ soon he would be of no use at all, and once more did his best with _koomkies_ and dainty bits of food to tempt him to follow into the _keddah_.
Now that both Turks and Syrians had grown used to being prisoners and to obeying us, they were less likely to think independently -- in the same way that a new-caught elephant in the keddah is frenzied and dangerous, but after a week or two is learning tricks.
Sanderson in the keddah was of the most murderous description, he states that her conduct after her defeat was most exemplary, and she never afterward showed any signs of ill-temper.
Once when the late G.P. Sanderson was in a keddah, noosing wild elephants, and was assulted [sic] by a vicious tusker, his life was saved by a tame female elephant, whose boy driver caused her to attack the tusker with her head, and nearly bowl him over by the force of her blows upon his ribs.
The most sensible carriage-horse is liable to step on his master's foot or crowd him against a wall in a moment of excitement; but even inside the keddah, with wild elephants all about, and a captive elephant hemmed in by three or four tame animals, the noosers safely work under the bodies and between the feet of the tame elephant until the feet of the captive are tied.
Sanderson once had a narrow escape from death while on the back of a tame elephant inside a keddah, attempting to secure a wild female.
All who have witnessed the tying of captives in a keddah wherein a whole wild herd has been entrapped, testify to the uncanny human - like quality of the intelligence displayed by the tame elephants who assist in tying, leading out and subjugating the wild captives.
There takes place in the keddah, or pen of capture, a mighty struggle between the giant strength of the captive and the ingenuity of man, ably seconded by a few powerful tame elephants.