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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Elephant  \El"e*phant\,  n.  [OE.  elefaunt  olifant,  OF  olifant, 
  F.  ['e]l['e]phant,  L.  elephantus  elephas,  -antis,  fr  Gr  ?, 
  ?;  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,  of  which  two 
  living  species,  {Elephas  Indicus}  and  {E.  Africanus},  and 
  several  fossil  species,  are  known  They  have  a  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. 
 
  2.  Ivory;  the  tusk  of  the  elephant.  [Obs.]  --Dryden. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  elephant 
  n  1:  five-toed  pachyderm 
  2:  the  symbol  of  the  Republican  Party;  introduced  in  cartoons 
  by  Thomas  Nast  in  1874 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  elephant 
 
  Large  grey,  four-legged  mammal. 
 
 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  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. 
 




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