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Topic: ANIMALS

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: oliphant, from Greek elephas 'elephant, ivory'

elephant

noun
     
elephant
el‧e‧phant [countable]
HBA a very large grey animal with four legs, two tusks (=long curved teeth) and a trunk (=long nose) that it can use to pick things up
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