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Friday, December 07, 2012

Definitions for howdah

  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.

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Citations for howdah
Above the musket smoke and the gritty dust that was drifting over the battlefield, he saw the howdahs of some of Hemu's war elephants approaching. Alex Rutherford, Ruler of the World
Now she made a picture of an elephant, with four lines for the howdah, in which was seated a princess wearing a crown. Qurratulʻain Ḥaidar, "The Housing Society," The Sound of Falling Leaves
Origin of howdah
1765-1775
Howdah has both Hindi and Arabic origins, both referring to the load carried by an elephant or camel: haudah in Hindi, and haudaj in Arabic.
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