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Definition of elephant noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

elephant

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈɛləfənt//
 
 
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  • a very large animal with thick gray skin, large ears, two curved outer teeth (calledtusks) and a long nose (called atrunk). There are two types of elephants, the African and the Asian herds of elephants/elephant herds a baby elephant see also white elephant
  • Idioms
    the elephant in the room
     
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    a problem or question that everyone knows about but does not mention because it is easier not to discuss it The elephant in the room was the money that had to be paid in bribes. There's a big elephant in the room and it's gun control.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: elephant