mahout

[muh-hout]
noun
the keeper or driver of an elephant, especially in India and the East Indies.

Origin:
1655–65; < Hindi mahāut, variant of mahāvat; compare Prakrit mahāmatta, Sanskrit mahāmatra elephant driver

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mahout (məˈhaʊt)
 
n
(in India and the East Indies) an elephant driver or keeper
 
[C17: Hindi mahāut, from Sanskrit mahāmātra of great measure, originally a title]

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The donation covers not only vet bills but also the salary of the beast's mahout, or elephant handler.
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