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An elephant.


Formae aliae[+/-]

  • saec. XVI.  elyphant 
  • saec. XVI.saec. XXI.  elephant 


= Anglica Media:  elefaunt 
Francogallica Antiqua:  olifant 
= Latine: *olifantus elephantus 
Graeca Antiqua:  ἐλέφας  (elephās)

Nomen substantivum[+/-]

elephant (plur.  elephants )

  1. elephantus (-ī, masc.) || Animal familiae Elephantidae.

Dictiones derivatae[+/-]


saec. XVI.

  • 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.

saec. XVII.

  • 1606, Troilus and Cressida, Shaksperus
Vilis. The Elephant hath ioynts, but none for courtesie,
His legs are legs for necessity, not for flexure.
  • 1667, Paradise Lost, John Milton:
Bears, Tygers, Ounces, Pards
Gambold before them, th’ unwieldy Elephant
To make them mirth us’d all his might, & wreathd
His Lithe Proboscis;

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