Definition of howdah in English:

howdah

Syllabification: how·dah
Pronunciation: /ˈhoudə
 
/

noun

  • (In South Asia) a seat for riding on the back of an elephant or camel, typically with a canopy and accommodating two or more people.
    More example sentences
    • The umpire of the game oversees the play from a wooden howdah (bench type seat) on the back of the largest elephant.
    • In Jodhpur, the finely restored Meherangarh Fort offers a fascinating glimpse into the old Maharajas' lifestyles, with decorative elephant howdahs and family cradles on display.
    • Riding a six-tusked elephant on a howdah of lotus flowers, the huge tenth-century statue of Bodhisattva Puxian stands in its own hall and is among the most revered shrines on Emei.

Origin

from Urdu haudah, from Arabic hawdaj 'litter'.

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