- [Zoöl] A mammal of the order Proboscidia and family Elephantidae, of which two living species, Elephas maximusformerly Elephas Indicus) and Loxodonta Africanaformerly 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.
- Ivory; the tusk of the elephant.(Obs)
Etymology: OE. elefaunt olifant, OF. olifant, F. éléphant, 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