elephant

An elephant is an enormous, four-footed animal with big ears and a long trunk. Unless you've been to certain parts of Asia or Africa, you've probably only seen elephants in zoos and wildlife parks.

Elephants are the largest animals that live on land. They are spectacular animals, with curved ivory tusks on either side of a trunk that they use for grasping objects, vocalizing, and sucking up water to drink. Elephants are plant eaters that live in tight-knit groups led by females and have a lifespan of around 45 years. The Greek root of elephant is elephas, which means both "elephant" and "ivory."

Definitions of elephant
  1. noun
    five-toed pachyderm
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    rogue elephant
    a wild and vicious elephant separated from the herd
    Elephas maximus, Indian elephant
    Asian elephant having smaller ears and tusks primarily in the male
    African elephant, Loxodonta africana
    an elephant native to Africa having enormous flapping ears and ivory tusks
    mammoth
    any of numerous extinct elephants widely distributed in the Pleistocene; extremely large with hairy coats and long upcurved tusks
    gomphothere
    extinct elephants of Central American and South America; of the Miocene and Pleistocene
    white elephant
    albinic Indian elephant; rare and sometimes venerated in east Asia
    Mammuthus primigenius, northern mammoth, woolly mammoth
    very hairy mammoth common in colder portions of the northern hemisphere
    Mammuthus columbi, columbian mammoth
    a variety of mammoth
    Archidiskidon imperator, imperial elephant, imperial mammoth
    largest known mammoth; of America
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    pachyderm
    any of various nonruminant hoofed mammals having very thick skin: elephant; rhinoceros; hippopotamus
    proboscidean, proboscidian
    massive herbivorous mammals having tusks and a long trunk
  2. noun
    the symbol of the Republican Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874
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    allegory, emblem
    a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
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