elephant ear



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

Origin of elephant ear

1905–10, for an earlier sense


[el-uh-fuh nts-eer]


the taro.

Origin of elephant's-ear

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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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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