elephant ear


noun

a large, flat, sugared pastry somewhat resembling an elephant's ear in shape.

Nearby words

  1. eleoptene,
  2. elepaio,
  3. elephant,
  4. elephant bird,
  5. elephant butte,
  6. elephant fish,
  7. elephant folio,
  8. elephant grass,
  9. elephant gun,
  10. elephant man's disease

Origin of elephant ear

1905–10, for an earlier sense

elephant's-ear

[ el-uh-fuh nts-eer ]
/ ˈɛl ə fəntsˌɪər /

noun

the taro.

Origin of elephant's-ear

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70

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British Dictionary definitions for elephant ears

elephant's-ear

noun

any aroid plant of the genus Colocasia, of tropical Asia and Polynesia, having very large heart-shaped leaves: grown for ornament and for their edible tubersSee also taro
any of various cultivated begonias with large showy leaves
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