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[el-uh-fan-teen, -tahyn, -tin, el-uh-fuh n-teen, -tahyn]
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  1. pertaining to or resembling an elephant.
  2. huge, ponderous, or clumsy: elephantine movements; elephantine humor.
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Origin of elephantine

1620–30; < Latin elephantinus < Greek elephántinos. See elephant, -ine1
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  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


1620s, "huge," from Latin elephantinus "pertaining to the elephant," from elephantus (see elephant). Meaning "pertaining to elephants" is from 1670s.

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