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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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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.

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