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houdah

[hou-duh]
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noun
  1. howdah.

howdah

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[hou-duh]
noun
  1. (in the East Indies) a seat or platform for one or more persons, commonly with a railing and a canopy, placed on the back of an elephant.

Origin of howdah

1765–75; < Hindi haudah < Arabic hawdaj
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Examples from the Web for houdah

Historical Examples

  • A man standing up on the houdah of an elephant may pass under it without touching the foliage.

    Flowers and Flower-Gardens

    David Lester Richardson

  • Howdah, Houdah, how′da, n. a seat fixed on an elephant's back.


British Dictionary definitions for houdah

houdah

noun
  1. a variant spelling of howdah

howdah

houdah

noun
  1. a seat for riding on an elephant's back, esp one with a canopy

Word Origin

C18: from Hindi haudah, from Arabic haudaj load carried by elephant or camel
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Word Origin and History for houdah

howdah

1774, from Persian and Urdu haudah, from Arabic haudaj "litter carried by a camel" (or elephant).

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