elephant's ear


: any of several large-leaved plants of the arum family: such as
: taro
: any of a genus (Alocasia) of tropical Asian perennial herbs cultivated as ornamentals for their large heavily veined basal leaves

Examples of elephant's ear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And for a sun-loving plant that also makes a visual splash, Grubb likes elephant's ears. Miranda Crowell, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of elephant's ear was in 1866

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“Elephant's ear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elephant%27s%20ear. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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