Definitions

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  • n. An elephant trap.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An inclosure constructed to entrap wild elephants; an elephant trap.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as kheda.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • 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.

    Rataplan, a rogue elephant; and other stories

  • 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.

    Rataplan, a rogue elephant; and other stories

  • 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_.

    Rataplan, a rogue elephant; and other stories

  • 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.

    Hira Singh : when India came to fight in Flanders

  • 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.

    The Minds and Manners of Wild Animals A Book of Personal Observations

  • 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.

    The Minds and Manners of Wild Animals A Book of Personal Observations

  • 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.

    The Minds and Manners of Wild Animals A Book of Personal Observations

  • 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.

    The Minds and Manners of Wild Animals A Book of Personal Observations

  • 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 Minds and Manners of Wild Animals A Book of Personal Observations

  • 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.

    The Minds and Manners of Wild Animals A Book of Personal Observations

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  • I thought peanuts were the favorite of elephants. Isn't that where we get the gigantic, oddly orange-colored, not-peanut-flavored-at-all "circus peanuts?"

    You may or may not know this, but studies have shown that horses actually prefer the taste of banana over the taste of anyting else -- including carrot, apple or sugar (or peanuts, I presume).

    May 16, 2008

  • Eh, too messy. You have to drive them through the carwash afterwards, and they hate the bad costumes.

    May 16, 2008

  • I've always preferred catching elephants with sticky paper.

    May 16, 2008

  • gesundheit!

    May 16, 2008

  • I'm imagining a gigantic mousetrap baited with a bushel of bananas.

    May 16, 2008

  • Elephant trap.

    May 16, 2008