elephant's ear


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  • noun

Synonyms for elephant's ear

any plant of the genus Alocasia having large showy basal leaves and boat-shaped spathe and reddish berries

tropical South American tree having a wide-spreading crown of bipinnate leaves and coiled ear-shaped fruits

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Tell your students that some people say an African elephant's ears are shaped like Africa and an Asian elephant's ears are shaped like India.
Elephant's ear is easy to grow and quick to get established.
If you are looking for a dramatic subject for either shade or water gardens, taro or elephant's ear (Colocasia esculentum) has no equal.
BERGENIA VALUED for their leathery, bold, architectural foliage, bergenias - or elephant's ears - may develop rich winter colouring of maroon, crimson, bronze and even beetroot red, which looks all the more striking when the pale pink, white, ruby red and dark purple blooms emerge.
According to him, the beak is so big that it has been found to rival an elephant's ears in helping to cool the animal down when the weather gets hot.
OFTEN known as elephant's ears because of the shape of its thick, leathery leaves, the bergenia is a terrific ground cover plant for the front of a border, or under shrubs and trees.
A big storm came along, and the bird and mice hid under the elephant's ears on the beach.
Following her apprehensively down the incline amid a stand of banana plants whose leaves flapped like elephant's ears in the wind, I found myself in the middle of a small tropical wood.
But unlike the legendary blind men who had a similar quest and who came to disparate conclusions by getting a feel for an elephant's ears, trunk and tail, Patton is using microscopic samples of the animal's DNA to settle the issue once and for all.
More commonly known as Elephant's Ears due to the size of their flowers, Bergenia is a perennial which is ideal for ground cover in the border.
Also known as elephant's ears, so-called because of the shape of the bold, leathery leaves, they produce an added bonus of spires of attractive bell-shaped flowers in spring, in shades of lilac, pink, red and white.
COMMONLY known as elephant's ears because of their large, leathery, oval leaves, bergenias will add a dramatic element to any planting scheme.
Each of an elephant's ears weighs more than 100 pounds.
Go for varieties that carry on regardless, such as spurge (Euphorbias), elephant's ears (Bergenia), catmint (Nepeta).
When suddenly the phone Rang late in the evening like a shrieking pig, Susan and Daniel had had a big fight, She'll be on the next surfboard home, The elephant's ears grew SO big, For there's a chance his sweetheart may at last be his tonight.