Definition of Indian elephant in English:

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Indian elephant

Pronunciation: /ˈˌindēən ˈeləfənt/

noun

The elephant of southern Asia, which is smaller than the African elephant, with smaller ears and only one lip to the trunk. It is often tamed as a beast of burden in India. Also called Asian elephant.
  • Elephas maximus, family Elephantidae.
Example sentences
  • Elephants have massive ossicles with total weight in the Indian elephant of approximately 650 mg.
  • Local tradition holds that the East India Trading Company gifted Indian elephants to the Sultan of Sulu (a nearby island) in 1750.
  • Sometimes called the Indian elephant, this animal is also found in the dense forests and grassy plains of Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Malaya, and Sumatra.

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Syllabification: In·di·an el·e·phant

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