mammoth

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mammoth \Mam"moth\ (m[a^]m"m[o^]th), noun [Russ. m[^a]mont, m['a]mant, fr. Tartar mamma the earth. Certain Tartar races, the Tungooses and Yakoots, believed that the mammoth worked its way in the earth like a mole.] (Zool.) An extinct, hairy, maned elephant ({Mammuthus primigenius} formerly {Elephas primigenius}), of enormous size, remains of which are found in the northern parts of both continents. The last of the race, in Europe, were coeval with prehistoric man.

Note: Several specimens have been found in Siberia preserved entire, with the flesh and hair remaining. They were imbedded in the ice cliffs at a remote period, and became exposed by the melting of the ice.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mammoth \Mam"moth\ (m[a^]m"m[o^]th), adjective Resembling the mammoth in size; very large; gigantic; as, a mammoth ox.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

mammoth

adjective

1: so exceedingly large or extensive as to suggest a giant or mammoth; "a gigantic redwood"; "gigantic disappointment"; "a mammoth ship"; "a mammoth multinational corporation" [syn: {gigantic}, {mammoth}]

noun

1: any of numerous extinct elephants widely distributed in the Pleistocene; extremely large with hairy coats and long upcurved tusks


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