howdah

howdah

[hou-duh]
noun
(in the East Indies) a seat or platform for one or more persons, commonly with a railing and a canopy, placed on the back of an elephant.
Also, houdah.


Origin:
1765–75; < Hindi haudah < Arabic hawdaj

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howdah or houdah (ˈhaʊdə)
 
n
a seat for riding on an elephant's back, esp one with a canopy
 
[C18: from Hindi haudah, from Arabic haudaj load carried by elephant or camel]
 
houdah or houdah
 
n
 
[C18: from Hindi haudah, from Arabic haudaj load carried by elephant or camel]

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