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elephant ear

[′el·ə·fənt ‚ir]
(aerospace engineering)
Thick metal plating that reinforces a missile's skin.

elephant ear

elephant ear
i. A type of air intake with twin inlets, one on each side of the fuselage.
ii. A slang term for a thick plate on a missile's skin that reinforces a hatch or a hole.
iii. A slang term for an overhanging elevator.
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It is often said that an African elephant's ears are shaped like Africa, while an Asian elephant's ears look 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.
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.
BERGENIA OTHERWISE known as elephant's ears because of the shape of their leathery leaves, these cabbage-shaped low-growing perennials produce pink, mauve, white or red flowers, but their leaves can also change colour depending on the variety you choose.
And with their help he also created a special character - a Walky Tall - with elephant's ears, dinosaur teeth and frogs legs.
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.