or hou·dah

[ hou-duh ]
/ ˈhaʊ də /


(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.


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Origin of howdah

1765–75; < Hindi haudah < Arabic hawdaj Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for howdah



/ (ˈhaʊdə) /


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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