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chryselephantine

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

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 eléphāselephant, ivory + -inos-ine1
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British Dictionary definitions for chryselephantine

chryselephantine
/ (ˌkrɪsɛlɪˈfæntɪn) /

adjective

(of ancient Greek statues) made of or overlaid with gold and ivory
C19: from Greek khruselephantinos, from khrusos gold + elephas ivory; see elephant
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