- elephant –
- = Anglica Media: elefaunt
- ← Francogallica Antiqua: olifant
- = Latine: *olifantus ← elephantus
- ← Graeca Antiqua: ἐλέφας (elephās)
elephant (plur. elephants )
- √ elephantus (-ī, masc.) || Animal familiae Elephantidae.
- 1591, The Trauailes of an Englishman, Job Hortop:
- In this land bee Elyphants, which the Negros kill in this manner: they seke out their hants where they rest in the night, which is against a tree, that they saw three partes in sunder, so that when the Elephant leaneth and stretch himselfe against it, the tree falleth, & he with it, then he roareth, wherby the Negros know he is fallen, then they come vpon him and kill him.
- 1606, Troilus and Cressida, Shaksperus
- 1667, Paradise Lost, John Milton: