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Meaning of WHITE ELEPHANT

Pronunciation:  wIt `elufunt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  albinic Indian elephant; rare and sometimes venerated in east Asia
  2. [n]  a valuable possession whose upkeep is excessively expensive
 
 See Also: Elephas maximus, Indian elephant, possession

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\White elephant\
Something requiring much care and expense and yielding little
profit; any burdensome possession. [Slang]

 

 

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