houdah

[ hou-duh ]
/ ˈhaʊ də /
|

noun


Nearby words

  1. hotter,
  2. hottie,
  3. hotting,
  4. hottish,
  5. houbara,
  6. houdan,
  7. houdini,
  8. houdini, harry,
  9. houdon,
  10. hough

howdah

or hou·dah

[ hou-duh ]
/ ˈhaʊ də /

noun

(in the East Indies) a seat or platform for one or more persons, commonly with a railing and a canopy, placed on the back of an elephant.

Origin of howdah

1765–75; < Hindi haudah < Arabic hawdaj

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British Dictionary definitions for houdah

houdah

/ (ˈhaʊdə) /

noun

a variant spelling of howdah

howdah

houdah

/ (ˈhaʊdə) /

noun

a seat for riding on an elephant's back, esp one with a canopy

Word Origin for howdah

C18: from Hindi haudah, from Arabic haudaj load carried by elephant or camel

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Word Origin and History for houdah

howdah

1774, from Persian and Urdu haudah, from Arabic haudaj "litter carried by a camel" (or elephant).

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