- made of or overlaid with gold and ivory, as certain objects made in ancient Greece.
Origin of chryselephantine
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Their hair is short and curls at the back of their heads like the hair of the chryselephantine Hermes.Hymen
The great statue of Athene by Phidias was of this "Chryselephantine" work.The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Kings
F. W. Farrar
The chryselephantine statue of Zeus at Olympia was his work.The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4
Lucian of Samosata
The cella or naos was built to enshrine the chryselephantine statue of Athena by Pheidias.
Chryselephantine, kris-el-e-fan′tin, adj. noting the art of making statues jointly of gold and ivory.
- (of ancient Greek statues) made of or overlaid with gold and ivory
C19: from Greek khruselephantinos, from khrusos gold + elephas ivory; see elephant
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