elephant ear

noun

US
: a thick, irregular disk of fried dough usually served with a topping (such as powdered sugar)
An Elephant Ear is an album-sized expanse of oil-fried dough slathered with butter and cinnamon-sugar, sort of cinnamon toast from hell, really and truly shaped like an ear, surprisingly yummy, it turns out, but sickly soft, the texture of adipose flesh, and undeniably elephant-sized …David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, 1997

Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of elephant ear was in 1948

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“Elephant ear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elephant%20ear. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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