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[el-uh-fan-teen, -tahyn, -tin, el-uh-fuh n-teen, -tahyn] /ˌɛl əˈfæn tin, -taɪn, -tɪn, ˈɛl ə fənˌtin, -ˌtaɪn/
pertaining to or resembling an elephant.
huge, ponderous, or clumsy:
elephantine movements; elephantine humor.
Origin of elephantine
1620-30; < Latin elephantinus < Greek elephántinos. See elephant, -ine1 Unabridged
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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


denoting, relating to, or characteristic of an elephant or elephants
huge, clumsy, or ponderous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for elephantine

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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