howdah

or hou·dah

[hou-duh]
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noun
  1. (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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Related Words for howdah

seat, pillion, howdah, packsaddle

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British Dictionary definitions for howdah

howdah

houdah

noun
  1. 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 howdah

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

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