elephant ear

a large, flat, sugared pastry somewhat resembling an elephant's ear in shape.

1905–10, for an earlier sense

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the taro.

1865–70, Americanism

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1.  See also taro any aroid plant of the genus Colocasia, of tropical Asia and Polynesia, having very large heart-shaped leaves: grown for ornament and for their edible tubers
2.  any of various cultivated begonias with large showy leaves

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Ask your guide to see huge, leafy elephant ear plants and miniature orchids no more than a millimeter or two across.
Two additional mussel species use the skipjack as a host, although not as exclusively as the ebony shell and elephant ear.
The skipjack herring is the only host for the ebony shell and elephant ear mussels.
Rope sponge in center, elephant ear sponge to right.
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