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mammoth

[ mam-uhth ]

noun

  1. any large, elephantlike mammal of the extinct genus Mammuthus, from the Pleistocene Epoch, having hairy skin and ridged molar teeth.


adjective

  1. immensely large; huge; enormous:

    a mammoth organization.

mammoth

/ ˈmæməθ /

noun

  1. any large extinct elephant of the Pleistocene genus Mammuthus (or Elephas ), such as M. primigenius ( woolly mammoth ), having a hairy coat and long curved tusks


adjective

  1. of gigantic size or importance

mammoth

/ măməth /

  1. Any of various extinct elephants of the genus Mammuthus, having long, upwardly curving tusks and thick hair. Mammoths grew to great size and lived throughout the Northern Hemisphere during the Ice Age.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of mammoth1

1690–1700; < Russian mam(m)ot (now mámont ), first used in reference to remains of the animal found in Siberia; origin uncertain
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Word History and Origins

Origin of mammoth1

C18: from Russian mamot, from Tatar mamont, perhaps from mamma earth, because of a belief that the animal made burrows
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Example Sentences

At the bottom, several trails converged beneath a mammoth sandstone outcropping.

The Times is a mammoth news organization of roughly 1,700 journalists.

To be sure, mammoth additions like this have happened before.

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That was when she first heard of Wrangel Island, a dot in the Arctic Ocean north of Siberia thought to be the last place on earth where woolly mammoth had survived.

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That residue must have been acquired by pounding apart mammoth bones that were found scattered around the stones, the team argues.

And then when you want something satisfying, splash out a few dollars for a mammoth cupcake.

An army of Wildlings, some giants, and a woolly mammoth or two?

It was absolutely mammoth—a mammoth task—and one that took an awful lot of preparation.

The fact that a mammoth celebrity felt so threatened by the mere implication of male-on-male intimacy is undeniably interesting.

Rockefeller Republicans have long gone the way of the woolly mammoth.

In its foreground was a mammoth tree, shading the gables of a stone cottage; a ruined wall, half smothered by vines.

Inspired by a sense of deficiency, the doctor says that the visit to the Mammoth Cave terminated without any further incident.

Telegraph poles reared only their cross-arms above the mammoth drifts.

That was the great show: after that, mammoth cucumbers and carrots or rows of agricultural implements did not detain us long.

It was a well-executed wood-cut, showing a dingue in the foreground and, to give scale, a mammoth in the middle distance.

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