an elephant




Similar words

  • Elephas maximus, Loxodonta africana
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  • From Middle English elefant, elefaunt, from Old French elefant, elefan, olifant, re-latinized in Middle French as elephant, from Latin elephantus, from Ancient Greek ἐλέφᾱς (gen. ἐλέφαντος). Believed to be derived from an form such as Proto-Berber *eḷu ("elephant") (compare , ) or Egyptian ꜣbw ("elephant; ivory"). More at ivory. Replaced Middle English olifant (from the aforementioned Old French form, from Vulgar Latin *olifantus), which replaced Old English elpend.

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