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elephantine

[el-uh-fan-teen, -tahyn, -tin, el-uh-fuh n-teen, -tahyn] /ˌɛl əˈfæn tin, -taɪn, -tɪn, ˈɛl ə fənˌtin, -ˌtaɪn/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or resembling an elephant.
2.
huge, ponderous, or clumsy:
elephantine movements; elephantine humor.
Origin of elephantine
1620-1630
1620-30; < Latin elephantinus < Greek elephántinos. See elephant, -ine1
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  • It was not only the outer man of Reisen, but the heart as well, that was elephantine.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • The coming of the waters from elephantine brought life to the earth.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • "Every one can," replied McPherson with elephantine lightness.

  • I knew you would, but it's a treat to see your elephantine struggles.

  • She pushed her suitor off with an elephantine shove and gestured to Chris.

    Mr. Wicker's Window Carley Dawson
  • But the people who dwell about the city of elephantine eat them, not considering them as sacred.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • "I should imagine they must be elephantine ants," remarked Harry.

  • He ordered me to unbutton my tunic, and looking at my elephantine trousers: "What's that?"

    Trooper 3809 Lionel Decle
  • It is possible that the elephantine colony were taken from northern Israel.

    Archology and the Bible George A. Barton
British Dictionary definitions for elephantine

elephantine

/ˌɛlɪˈfæntaɪn/
adjective
1.
denoting, relating to, or characteristic of an elephant or elephants
2.
huge, clumsy, or ponderous
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Word Origin and History for elephantine
adj.

1620s, "huge," from Latin elephantinus "pertaining to the elephant," from elephantus (see elephant). Meaning "pertaining to elephants" is from 1670s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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