Definition of elephant ear in English:

elephant ear


  • 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.’


elephant ear

/ˈeləfənt ir/ /ˈɛləfənt ɪr/