elephant's-foot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n elephant's-foot any plant of the genus Elephantopus having heads of blue or purple flowers; America
    • n elephant's-foot South African vine having a massive rootstock covered with deeply fissured bark
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Elephant's-foot a plant of which the root-stock forms a large fleshy mass resembling an elephant's foot, used as food by the Hottentots
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. olifaunt—O. Fr. olifant—L. elephantum, elephas, -antis—Gr. elephas, acc. to some from Heb. eleph, aleph, an ox.

Usage

In literature:

A long march, to prevent biliousness, is a wise precaution after a meal of elephant's foot.
"A Popular Account of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition to the Zambesi and Its Tributaries And of the Discovery of the Lakes Shirwa and Nyassa (1858-1864)" by David Livingstone
What is comparatively level to an elephant's foot is as a ploughed field to that of a man.
"The Rifle and The Hound in Ceylon" by Samuel White Baker
The first step is the elephant's foot, the second is the loop of his tail.
"Highroads of Geography" by Anonymous
At the touch of his rider's foot the elephant moved forward into the open; and without waiting for him to sink down Dermot slid to the ground.
"The Elephant God" by Gordon Casserly
It's very steep here; we'll dismount, leave the elephants and go on foot.
"The Jungle Girl" by Gordon Casserly
And among foot-soldiers and cars and steeds and elephants nothing could be seen save Drona's arrows.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The elephant's foot was to be mounted for me, and he gave me the choice of how it was to be done, and said he would take it to a skilful man.
"More About Peggy" by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
In this way the circumference of the elephant's foot was obtained.
"The Cliff Climbers" by Captain Mayne Reid
We now uncovered our elephant's foot, which Jan pronounced to be as satisfactorily cooked as his own countrymen could have done it.
"Adventures in Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
The left leg ended in a mere bunch of flesh, resembling more closely an elephant's hoof than the foot of a man.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
The elephant's foot is then rolled into the hole, and covered over with the earth that was heaped round the edge.
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
She's a female with large tusks; she has four toes on each hind foot, and I haven't another elephant that has more than three.
"The Three Sapphires" by W. A. Fraser
The model of the elephant's foot that we tracked was soon brought into requisition.
"Richard Galbraith, Mariner" by Emma Watts Phillips
The Hindoo god Ganecas, the god of poets, eloquence, and wisdom, is represented with an elephant's head, and his foot crushing a mouse.
"Zoological Mythology (Volume II)" by Angelo de Gubernatis
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In news:

The most important thing in Joe Pace's life is a 7-foot-4-inch talking elephant named Rudy.
Hairy elephant's foot produces tiny purple flowers late summer-early fall.
Hairy elephant's foot features flat foliage on the ground and tall stems with flowers at the ends.
Hairy elephant's foot blooms in August in Virginia.
Meet hairy elephant's foot, or Elephantopus tomentosus, a plant native to Virgini a, that begins flowering in August.
Hairy elephant's foot produces tiny purple flowers late summer-early fall.
Hairy elephant's foot features flat foliage on the ground and tall stems with flowers at the ends.
Hairy elephant's foot blooms in August in Virginia.
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