elephant's ear

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n elephant's ear tropical South American tree having a wide-spreading crown of bipinnate leaves and coiled ear-shaped fruits; grown for shade and ornament as well as valuable timber
    • n elephant's ear any plant of the genus Alocasia having large showy basal leaves and boat-shaped spathe and reddish berries
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Elephant's ear (Bot) a name given to certain species of the genus Begonia, which have immense one-sided leaves.
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Usage

In literature:

Also some crocutas and some eali as big as sea-horses, with elephants' tails, boars' jaws and tusks, and horns as pliant as an ass's ears.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Also some crocutas and some eali as big as sea-horses, with elephants' tails, boars' jaws and tusks, and horns as pliant as an ass's ears.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book V." by Francois Rabelais
Home, Sir Everard, on the elephant's stomach, 124. error as to the elephant's ear, 223.
"Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon" by J. Emerson Tennent
Then, grasping the elephant's ears, he was lifted to his place on the neck.
"The Elephant God" by Gordon Casserly
I noticed also in one place a pair of elephant's ears perfect as life.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I., No. IV., April, 1862" by Various
He just had to stay and see if the elephant's ears fell off again.
"The Circus Comes to Town" by Lebbeus Mitchell
He crept on and on; getting a little closer he saw that they were elephant's ears.
"Ned Garth" by W. H. G. Kingston
No sound came from any part of the forest, except that we fancied we could hear the flapping of the elephant's ears.
"The Two Supercargoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
Let the elephant bleed, let him fall to the ground, Let him gladden your ears with his fall's heavy sound!
"My Kalulu, Prince, King and Slave" by Henry M. Stanley
We ride on a horse's back, an elephant's neck, and the ears keep you from going any forwarder.
"Draw Swords!" by George Manville Fenn
His ears burned and felt the size of an elephant's.
"The Beauty" by Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
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In news:

The glass case held goodies such as apple fritters, M&M'S cookies, and cinnamon twists, but I had my eyes on the elephant ears (more formally known as palmiers).
Are elephant ear s cold hardy.
Elephant Ear s, Colocasia esculenta Big leafy elephant ear s excel as oversized-exclamations in garden beds or large containers, sometimes both simultaneously.
Both sides of the site's main entrance abound with a dizzying array of colors and plants of all sizes, from small daisies to giant elephant ears.
Haylee Whisler, 2, takes a bite out of her brother's elephant ear at the Old Settler's Days Festival in downtown Columbia City Thursday afternoon.
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