elephant ear

Origin of elephant ear

1905–10, for an earlier sense

elephant's-ear

[el-uh-fuh nts-eer]
noun
  1. the taro.

Origin of elephant's-ear

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for elephant ear

elephant's-ear

noun
  1. 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
  2. any of various cultivated begonias with large showy leaves
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