Etymology
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howdah (n.)

"seat on the back of an elephant for two or more to ride," 1774, from Persian and Urdu haudah, from Arabic haudaj "litter carried by a camel" (or elephant).

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Definitions of howdah

howdah (n.)
a (usually canopied) seat for riding on the back of a camel or elephant;
Synonyms: houdah
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