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Definition: Elephant fish
([e^]l"[-e]*fant), n. [OE. elefaunt,
olifant, OF. olifant, F. ['e]l['e]phant, L. elephantus,
elephas, -antis, fr. Gr. 'ele`fas, 'ele`fantos; 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 maximus
(formerly Elephas Indicus
) and Loxodonta Africana
(formerly 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 pachyderm.
2. Ivory; the tusk of the elephant. [Obs.] --Dryden.
(Bot.), an East Indian fruit with a rough,
hard rind, and edible pulp, borne by Feronia elephantum
a large tree related to the orange.
(Geol.), at Brighton, England, abounding in
fossil remains of elephants. --Mantell.
(Zo["o]l.), any very large beetle of the
(esp. G. giganteus
), of the family
. They inhabit West Africa.
(Zo["o]l.), a chim[ae]roid fish
), with a proboscis-like
projection of the snout.
, paper of large size, 23 [times] 28 inches.
Double elephant paper
, paper measuring 263/4 [times] 40
inches. See Note under Paper
(Zo["o]l.), an African jumping shrew
), having a long nose like a
(Bot.), a name given to certain species of
the genus Begonia, which have immense one-sided leaves.
(a) A South African plant (Testudinaria Elephantipes
which has a massive rootstock covered with a kind of
bark cracked with deep fissures; -- called also
. The interior part is barely edible,
whence the plant is also called Hottentot's bread
(b) A genus (Elephantopus
) of coarse, composite weeds.
(Zo["o]l.), the tooth shell. See