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  1. the keeper or driver of an elephant, especially in India and the East Indies.
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Origin of mahout

1655–65; < Hindi mahāut, variant of mahāvat; compare Prakrit mahāmatta, Sanskrit mahāmatra elephant driver
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  1. (in India and the East Indies) an elephant driver or keeper
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Word Origin

C17: Hindi mahāut, from Sanskrit mahāmātra of great measure, originally a title
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