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white elephant

noun

Simple Definition of white elephant

  • : something that requires a lot of care and money and that gives little profit or enjoyment

Full Definition of white elephant

  1. 1 :  an Indian elephant of a pale color that is sometimes venerated in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Myanmar

  2. 2 a :  a property requiring much care and expense and yielding little profit b :  an object no longer of value to its owner but of value to others c :  something of little or no value

15th Century

First Known Use of white elephant

15th century


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