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elephantry (plural elephantries)
- (military, historical) That branch of an army that uses elephants.
1748, The Fool: Being a Collection of Essays and Epistles, page 258:
- But, just before we took the Field, we demolished our Elephantry, and to be more on a Level with the Baboons, introduced Monkies upon lean Cats, and those too a little wild, because we could maintain them very cheap, Monkies being content with Nuts, and Cats with any Thing.
1889, William Wotherspoon Ireland, Through the Ivory Gate: Studies in Psychology and History:
- The king replied in a proclamation to his subjects that he was going to appear in person "with large forces of infantry, artillery, elephantry, and cavalry, by land and water, and with the might of his army efface these heretic Kalas, and annex their country."
2003, Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa, Generalissimo Chilarai and his times, page 390:
- The elephantry always preceded the army and was primarily used to clear the road, demolish enemy forts, launch night attacks and for defending their own forts and in transporting war materials.
2005, K.K. Sinha, Oriental and Western Science and Cosmology, page 31:
- Ashok maintained a large army (infantry) more than nine lakhs, a few thousand cavalries and elephantries.