Webster 1913 Edition
-antis, fr. Gr.
ἐλέφαντος; of unknown origin; perh. fr. Skr.
ibha, with the Semitic article
el, prefixed, or fr. Semitic
Aleph hindiIndian bull; or cf. Goth.
A mammal of the order
Elephantidae, of which two living species,
Elephas Indicus) and
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
Ivory; the tusk of the elephant.
an East Indian fruit with a rough, hard rind, and edible pulp, borne by–
Feronia elephantum, a large tree related to the orange.
at Brighton, England, abounding in fossil remains of elephants.
any very large beetle of the genus–
G. giganteus), of the family
Scarabæidæ. They inhabit West Africa.
a chimæroid fish (–
Callorhynchus antarcticus), with a proboscis-like projection of the snout.
paper of large size, 23 × 28 inches.–
Double elephant paper,
paper measuring 263⁄4 × 40 inches. See Note under–
an African jumping shrew (–
Macroscelides typicus), having a long nose like a proboscis.
a name given to certain species of the genus Begonia, which have immense one-sided leaves.–
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
A genus (–
Elephantopus) of coarse, composite weeds.
the tooth shell. See
Webster 1828 Edition
1.The largest of all quadrupeds, belonging to the order of Bruta. This animal has no foreteeth in either jaw; the canine-teeth are very long; and he has a long proboscis or trunk, by which he conveys food and drink to his mouth. The largest of these animals is about 16 feet long and 14 feet high; but smaller varieties are not more than seven feet high. The eyes are small and the feet short,round,clumsy, and distinguishable only by the toes. The trunk is a cartilaginous and muscular tube, extending from the upper jaw, and is seven or eight feet in length. The general shape of his body resembles that of swine. His skin is rugged, and his hair thin, The two large tusks are of a yellowish color,and extremely hard. The bony substance of these is called ivory. The elephant is 30 years in coming to his full growth, and he lives to 150 or 200 years of age. Elephants are natives of the warm climates of Africa and Asia, where they are employed as beasts of burden. They were formerly used in war.
2.Ivory; the tusk of the elephant.