Meaning of Indian elephant in English:

Indian elephant


  • The elephant of southern Asia, which is smaller than the African elephant, with smaller ears and only one lip to the trunk. It is often tamed as a beast of burden in India.

    Also called Asian elephant

    Elephas maximus, family Elephantidae

    ‘Elephants have massive ossicles with total weight in the Indian elephant of approximately 650 mg.’
    • ‘Local tradition holds that the East India Trading Company gifted Indian elephants to the Sultan of Sulu (a nearby island) in 1750.’
    • ‘Sometimes called the Indian elephant, this animal is also found in the dense forests and grassy plains of Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Malaya, and Sumatra.’
    • ‘‘Most people think that mammoths are predecessors of African and Indian elephants, but they were actually a completely different species that co-existed with them,’ he explained.’
    • ‘The zoo offices were once the airport club house and the old hangers are now used as the living area of a giraffe and the Indian elephants.’
    • ‘The Indian elephant is the one found throughout Thailand, South East Asia, parts of India, the Himalayas and Borneo.’
    • ‘While it's well known that many modern large animals, including Indian elephants, can swim, sauropods have long been viewed as bulky leviathans in a class of their own.’
    • ‘So you can find prints with subjects you normally would not expect on Japanese woodblock prints like Indian elephants or a mountain landscape in Alaska.’
    • ‘They were herbivorous and are closely related to modern Indian elephants.’
    • ‘The first time I ever saw Indian elephants in the wild, it took me ten minutes to identify them.’