Lexicon: elephant – elm

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elephant (-s, -'s), n. [ME olifaunt < OFr < L. < Gk.]

Huge, thick-skinned mammal with a long trunk.

elf (-'s, elves), n. [OE.]

  1. Fairy; sprite; pixie; clever magical being; delicate mythical creature.
  2. Imp; clever trickster; mischievous being; small master of illusion.

elicit, v. [L. 'draw forth'.]

Stimulate; cause; induce; arouse; encourage; evoke; bring out.

eligible, adj. [Fr. < L. ēligěre, to choose.]

Suitable; desirable; fit to be chosen.

eligibly, adv. [see eligible, adj.]

Suitably; acceptably.

Elijah (-'s), proper n. [Heb. 'God of Jehovah'.]

Old Testament prophet; holy man who ascended to heaven in a fiery chariot; (see 2 Kings 2:11 and ED's letters).

Eliza, proper n. [Short form of Elizabeth, proper n.]

Eliza M. Coleman (died 1871); ED's friend and cousin; wife of the Rev. John Dudley; thoughtful young woman; [see ED's letters.]

Elizabeth, proper n. [Gk > Heb. 'God is my oath'.]

Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533-1603); daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn; female monarch who sentenced the Duke of Essex to death for treason.

ellipse, n. [Gk 'come short'.]

Oval; orbit; envelope; egg-shaped object; hard outer covering; [fig.] casing for a baby chick; [metaphor] circumference of one's experience.

elm, n. [OE.]

Tree; large woody deciduous plant of the Ulmus genus.