Definition of elephant ear in English:

elephant ear

Pronunciation /ˈeləfənt i(ə)r/ /ˈɛləfənt ɪ(ə)r/

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  • Any of a number of plants with large heart-shaped leaves.

    ‘Clematis and trumpet vines drape the walls in a lush curtain, and elephant's ears, hostas, and hardy bananas (Musa basjoo and M. sikkimensis) lend swaths of varied greens.’
    • ‘Meanwhile Colocasia ‘Black Magic’ (commonly called elephant's ears because of it's huge leaves) and the calla lily, Zantedeschia ‘Schwarzwalder’ have particularly caught Platt's eye in recent months.’
    • ‘Also known as elephant's ear, this water lover does best in warm climates; in colder regions, you can grow it indoors.’
    • ‘Semi-tropical natives such as dahlias, gladioli, begonias, canna, caladium, elephant ears, oxalis and other tender summer-flowering bulbs will not make it through the winter outside of the warmest climate zones.’
    • ‘From a carpet of elephant ears and grasses on the flanks of the formidable but curiously named Mount Scenery, ferns, palms, banana and breadfruit explode in hundreds of shades of green.’