Indian elephant

[ in-dee-uhn el-uh-fuhnt ]

  1. the most widely distributed Asian elephant subspecies (Elephas maximus indicus), inhabiting the grasslands and forests of mainland Asia, mostly throughout Southeast Asia, and classified as endangered: although its habitat is well spread out, its population has declined by more than half within the past 100 years, and poaching for tusks continues to be a serious threat.

Compare Meanings

Click for a side-by-side comparison of meanings. Use the word comparison feature to learn the differences between similar and commonly confused words.

Origin of Indian elephant

First recorded in 1600–10

Words Nearby Indian elephant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024