Words at Play : Favorite Pictures in the Dictionary

#3: Howdah

What It Is:

: a seat or covered pavilion on the back of an elephant or camel

About the Word:

Although it may resemble a small room, a howdah is in fact a kind of saddle.

In 1890, English explorer Sir Samuel White Baker noted that a howdah on an elephant is "simply for shooting, as you can fire in any direction, which is impossible from any other contrivance where the rider sits in a constrained position."

Borrowed into English from the Hindi & Urdu hauda, howdah originated in the Arabic hawdaj.

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