Origin of African elephant
Definition for african elephant (2 of 2)
noun, plural el·e·phants, (especially collectively) el·e·phant for 1.
Origin of elephant
British Dictionary definitions for african elephant
noun plural -phants or -phant
Word Origin for elephant
Word Origin and History for african elephant
c.1300, olyfaunt, from Old French oliphant (12c.), from Latin elephantus, from Greek elephas (genitive elephantos) "elephant, ivory," probably from a non-Indo-European language, likely via Phoenician (cf. Hamitic elu "elephant," source of the word for it in many Semitic languages, or possibly from Sanskrit ibhah "elephant").
Re-spelled after 1550 on Latin model. As an emblem of the Republican Party in U.S. politics, 1860. To see the elephant "be acquainted with life, gain knowledge by experience" is an American English colloquialism from 1835.
Culture definitions for african elephant
Idioms and Phrases with african elephant
see see the elephant; white elephant.