[kris-el-uh-fan-tin, -tahyn]

Origin of chryselephantine

1820–30; < Greek chrȳselephántinos, equivalent to chrȳs- chrys- + elephántinos (elephant-, stem of eléphās elephant, ivory + -inos -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  1. (of ancient Greek statues) made of or overlaid with gold and ivory

Word Origin for chryselephantine

C19: from Greek khruselephantinos, from khrusos gold + elephas ivory; see elephant
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Word Origin and History for chryselephantine

"overlaid with gold and ivory," 1816, probably via German, from Latinized form of Greek khryselephantinos, from khrysos "gold" (see chrysalis) + elephantinos "made of ivory," from elephans (genitive elephantos) "elephant; ivory" (see elephant).

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