|—n , pl -phants, -phant|
|1.||either of the two proboscidean mammals of the family Elephantidae. The African elephant (Loxodonta africana) is the larger species, with large flapping ears and a less humped back than the Indian elephant (Elephas maximus), of S and SE Asia|
|2.||chiefly (Brit) a size of writing paper, 23 by 28 inches|
|3.||elephant in the room an obvious truth deliberately ignored by all parties in a situation|
|[C13: from Latin elephantus, from Greek elephas elephant, ivory, of uncertain origin]|
not found in Scripture except indirectly in the original Greek word (elephantinos) translated "of ivory" in Rev. 18:12, and in the Hebrew word (shenhabim, meaning "elephant's tooth") rendered "ivory" in 1 Kings 10:22 and 2 Chr. 9:21.