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  1. kheda.


or ked·dah, khed·ah

  1. (in India) an enclosure constructed to ensnare wild elephants.

Origin of kheda

Borrowed into English from Hindi around 1790–1800
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Examples from the Web for keddah

Historical Examples

  • Is the family of Toomai of the Elephants to be trodden underfoot in the dirt of a Keddah?

    The Jungle Book

    Rudyard Kipling

  • To the bearer he added: "Bring my 8-bore and plenty of ball cartridges to the keddah."

  • What taught her that she'd be safe with her calf in the keddah I don't know; where she came from I don't know.

  • The Betta Kurumbas are, I am told, excellent elephant mahauts (drivers), and very useful at keddah (elephant-catching) operations.

  • The natives of Keddah say that this insect appears at intervals of two, three, or more years.

British Dictionary definitions for keddah


  1. a variant spelling of kheda


khedah or keddah

  1. (in India, Myanmar, etc) an enclosure into which wild elephants are driven to be captured

Word Origin

from Hindi
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