Definition for EL'E-PHANT

EL'E-PHANT, n. [Sax. elp, ylp; Gr. ελεφας; L. elephas, elephantus; probably from the Heb. אלף, a leader or chief, the chief or great animal.]

  1. The popular name of a genus of pachydermatous mammalia, comprehending two species, viz. Elephas Indicus and Elephas Africanus, the former inhabiting India, the latter Africa. They are among the largest quadrupeds at present existing.
  2. Ivory; the tusk of the elephant. Dryden.

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