Part of speech: noun

A railed or canopied seat on the back of an elephant.

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Usage examples "howdah":

  1. Every now and then we came across elephants, sometimes with a stack of tender branches on their back, which form a large part of their food, and at other times with persons seated sometimes on a howdah, sometimes on a pad. - "Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877", James Kennedy.
  2. He says it isn't quite sporting to tackle the brute from the comparative safety of a howdah or a machan- a platform rigged in a tree, you know. - "His Unknown Wife", Louis Tracy.
  3. Frank's words were uttered just in time to make Ned seize hold of the side of the howdah, for the elephant they were on began to lurch and roll, as its legs sank deep in the soft mud and water which filled a series of holes in the track, and the driver turned round to them and smiled. - "The Rajah of Dah", George Manville Fenn.