Free Dictionary

Free Dictionary

Home ×
Link Link Link Link

Search Result for "elephant": 
Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. five-toed pachyderm;

2. the symbol of the Republican Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874;


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

pachyderm \pach"y*derm\ (p[a^]k"[i^]*d[~e]rm), n. [Cf. F. pachyderme.] (Zool.) Any of various nonruminant hoofed mammals having very thick skin, including the elephant, rhinoceros, and hippopotamus, one of the Pachydermata. [WordNet 1.5 + 1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Elephant \El"e*phant\ ([e^]l"[-e]*fant), n. [OE. elefaunt, olifant, OF. olifant, F. ['e]l['e]phant, L. elephantus, elephas, -antis, fr. Gr. 'ele`fas, 'ele`fantos; of unknown origin; perh. fr. Skr. ibha, with the Semitic article al, el, prefixed, or fr. Semitic Aleph hindi Indian bull; or cf. Goth. ulbandus camel, AS. olfend.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Ivory; the tusk of the elephant. [Obs.] --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Elephant apple (Bot.), an East Indian fruit with a rough, hard rind, and edible pulp, borne by Feronia elephantum, a large tree related to the orange. Elephant bed (Geol.), at Brighton, England, abounding in fossil remains of elephants. --Mantell. Elephant beetle (Zo["o]l.), any very large beetle of the genus Goliathus (esp. G. giganteus), of the family Scarab[ae]id[ae]. They inhabit West Africa. Elephant fish (Zo["o]l.), a chim[ae]roid fish (Callorhynchus antarcticus), with a proboscis-like projection of the snout. Elephant paper, paper of large size, 23 [times] 28 inches. Double elephant paper, paper measuring 263/4 [times] 40 inches. See Note under Paper. Elephant seal (Zo["o]l.), an African jumping shrew (Macroscelides typicus), having a long nose like a proboscis. Elephant's ear (Bot.), a name given to certain species of the genus Begonia, which have immense one-sided leaves. Elephant's foot (Bot.) (a) A South African plant (Testudinaria Elephantipes), which has a massive rootstock covered with a kind of bark cracked with deep fissures; -- called also tortoise plant. The interior part is barely edible, whence the plant is also called Hottentot's bread. (b) A genus (Elephantopus) of coarse, composite weeds. Elephant's tusk (Zo["o]l.), the tooth shell. See Dentalium. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

elephant n 1: five-toed pachyderm 2: the symbol of the Republican Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

279 Moby Thesaurus words for "elephant": Angora goat, Arctic fox, Belgian hare, Caffre cat, Indian buffalo, Jumbo, Kodiak bear, Siberian husky, Virginia deer, aardvark, aardwolf, alpaca, anteater, antelope, antelope chipmunk, aoudad, apar, armadillo, ass, aurochs, badger, bandicoot, bassarisk, bat, bear, beast of burden, beaver, bettong, binturong, bison, black bear, black buck, black cat, black fox, black sheep, blue fox, bobcat, brown bear, brush deer, brush wolf, buffalo, buffalo wolf, burro, burro deer, cachalot, camel, camelopard, capybara, carabao, caribou, carpincho, cat, cat-a-mountain, catamount, cattalo, cavy, chamois, cheetah, chevrotain, chinchilla, chipmunk, cinnamon bear, coon, coon cat, cotton mouse, cotton rat, cougar, cow, coyote, coypu, deer, deer tiger, dingo, dinosaur, dog, donkey, dormouse, draft animal, dromedary, echidna, eland, elk, ermine, eyra, fallow deer, ferret, field mouse, fisher, fitch, flying phalanger, foumart, fox, fox squirrel, gazelle, gemsbok, genet, giraffe, glutton, gnu, gnu goat, goat, goat antelope, gopher, grizzly bear, ground squirrel, groundhog, guanaco, guinea pig, hamster, hare, harnessed antelope, hartebeest, hathi, hedgehog, hippo, hippopotamus, hog, horse, husky, hyena, hyrax, ibex, jackal, jackass, jackrabbit, jaguar, jaguarundi, jerboa, jerboa kangaroo, jumbo, kaama, kangaroo, kangaroo mouse, kangaroo rat, karakul, kinkajou, kit fox, koala, lapin, lemming, leopard, leopard cat, leviathan, lion, llama, lynx, malamute, mammoth, mara, marmot, marten, mastodon, meerkat, mink, mole, mongoose, monster, moose, mouflon, mountain goat, mountain lion, mountain sheep, mouse, mule, mule deer, muntjac, musk deer, musk hog, musk-ox, muskrat, musquash, nilgai, nutria, ocelot, okapi, onager, oont, opossum, otter, ounce, ox, pachyderm, pack horse, pack rat, painter, panda, pangolin, panther, peccary, peludo, phalanger, pig, pine mouse, platypus, pocket gopher, pocket mouse, pocket rat, polar bear, polar fox, polecat, porcupine, possum, pouched rat, poyou, prairie dog, prairie wolf, pronghorn, puma, rabbit, raccoon, rat, red deer, red squirrel, reindeer, rhino, rhinoceros, river horse, roe, roe deer, roebuck, sable, serval, sheep, shrew, shrew mole, sika, silver fox, skunk, sledge dog, sloth, snowshoe rabbit, springbok, squirrel, stoat, sumpter, sumpter horse, sumpter mule, suslik, swamp rabbit, swine, takin, tamandua, tamarin, tapir, tarpan, tatou, tatou peba, tatouay, tiger, tiger cat, timber wolf, tree shrew, urus, vole, wallaby, warthog, water buffalo, waterbuck, weasel, whale, wharf rat, whistler, white fox, wild ass, wild boar, wild goat, wild ox, wildcat, wildebeest, wolf, wolverine, wombat, wood rat, woodchuck, woolly mammoth, yak, zebra, zebu, zoril
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

elephant Large, grey, four-legged mammal.
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Elephant not found in Scripture except indirectly in the original Greek word (elephantinos) translated "of ivory" in Rev. 18:12, and in the Hebrew word (shenhabim, meaning "elephant's tooth") rendered "ivory" in 1 Kings 10:22 and 2 Chr. 9:21.