Elementation to Elimination
(El`e*men*ta"tion) n. Instruction in the elements or first principles. [R.]
(El"e*men*toid`) a. [Element + -oid.] Resembling an element.
(El"e*mi) n. [Cf. F. élemi, It. elemi, Sp. elemi; of American or Oriental. origin.] A fragrant gum
resin obtained chiefly from tropical trees of the genera Amyris and Canarium. A. elemifera yields
Mexican elemi; C. commune, the Manila elemi. It is used in the manufacture of varnishes, also in ointments
(El"e*min) n. (Chem.) A transparent, colorless oil obtained from elemi resin by distillation with
water; also, a crystallizable extract from the resin.
(E*lench") n.; pl. Elenchs [L. elenchus, Gr. fr. to convict, confute, prove: cf. OF. elenche.]
(Logic) (a) That part of an argument on which its conclusiveness depends; that which convinces of refutes
an antagonist; a refutation. (b) A specious but fallacious argument; a sophism.
(E*len"chic*al) a. Pertaining to an elench.
(E*len"chic*al*ly), adv. By means of an elench.
(E*len"chize) v. i. To dispute. [R.] B. Jonson.
(E*lench"tic, E*lench"tic*al) , a. Same as Elenctic.
(||E*len"chus) n. [L.] Same as Elench.
(E*lenc"tic E*lenc"tic*al) a. (Logic) Serving to refute; refutative; applied to indirect modes of
proof, and opposed to deictic.
(El"enge) a. [Cf. AS. ellende foreign, strange, G. elend miserable.] Sorrowful; wretched; full of
trouble. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(El"enge*ness), n. Loneliness; misery. [Obs.]
(El"e*phan*sy) n. [L. elephantia.] Elephantiasis. [Obs.] Holland.
(El"e*phant) n. [OE. elefaunt, olifant, OF. olifant, F. éléphant, L. elephantus, elephas, -antis,
fr. Gr. 'ele`fas, -fantos; of unknown origin; perh. fr. Skr. ibha, with the Semitic article al, el, prefixed,
or fr. Semitic Aleph hindi Indian bull; or cf. Goth. ulbandus camel, AS. olfend.]
1. (Zoöl.) A mammal of the order Proboscidia, of which two living species, Elephas Indicus and E.
Africanus, and several fossil species, are known. They have a proboscis or trunk, and two large ivory
tusks proceeding from the extremity of the upper jaw, and curving upwards. The molar teeth are large
and have transverse folds. Elephants are the largest land animals now existing.
2. Ivory; the tusk of the elephant. [Obs.] Dryden.
Elephant apple (Bot.), an East Indian fruit with a rough, hard rind, and edible pulp, borne by Feronia
elephantum, a large tree related to the orange. Elephant bed (Geol.), at Brighton, England, abounding
in fossil remains of elephants. Mantell. Elephant beetle (Zoöl.), any very large beetle of the genus
Goliathus of the family Scarabæidæ. They inhabit West Africa. Elephant fish (Zoöl.), a chimæroid fish
with a proboscis-like projection of the snout. Elephant paper, paper of large size, 23 × 28 inches.
Double elephant paper, paper measuring 26¾ × 40 inches. See Note under Paper. Elephant seal
(Zoöl.), an African jumping shrew having a long nose like a proboscis. Elephant's ear (Bot.), a
name given to certain species of the genus Begonia, which have immense one-sided leaves. Elephant's
foot (Bot.) (a) A South African plant which has a massive rootstock covered with a kind of bark cracked