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howdah

[hou-duh] /ˈhaʊ də/
noun
1.
(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
1765-1775
1765-75; < Hindi haudah < Arabic hawdaj
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howdah

/ˈhaʊdə/
noun
1.
a seat for riding on an elephant's back, esp one with a canopy
Word Origin
C18: from Hindi haudah, from Arabic haudaj load carried by elephant or camel
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Word Origin and History for howdah

1774, from Persian and Urdu haudah, from Arabic haudaj "litter carried by a camel" (or elephant).

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