[ kris-el-uh-fan-tin, -tahyn ]
/ ˌkrɪs ɛl əˈfæn tɪn, -taɪn /


made of or overlaid with gold and ivory, as certain objects made in ancient Greece.


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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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for chryselephantine

/ (ˌkrɪsɛlɪˈfæntɪn) /


(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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