- (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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A man standing up on the houdah of an elephant may pass under it without touching the foliage.Flowers and Flower-Gardens
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Howdah, Houdah, how′da, n. a seat fixed on an elephant's back.
- a variant spelling of howdah
- a seat for riding on an elephant's back, esp one with a canopy
C18: from Hindi haudah, from Arabic haudaj load carried by elephant or camel
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Word Origin and History for houdah
1774, from Persian and Urdu haudah, from Arabic haudaj "litter carried by a camel" (or elephant).
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