Origin of mammoth
Examples from the Web for mammoth
And then when you want something satisfying, splash out a few dollars for a mammoth cupcake.
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.An Analysis of Vitalii Sediuk’s Pranks (He’s the Guy Who Touched Brad Pitt)|Amy Zimmerman|May 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mammoth locals did not wait to be asked by a president or a Veterans Affairs Administration official to act.
Kathy Copeland, an energetic Vermont native, arrived in Mammoth in the early 1970s and never left.
Nothing is more exciting than this following in the 133 track of a mammoth army whose tactics you cannot foresee.The Pools of Silence|H. de Vere Stacpoole
Next is the Mammoth Cave, so called because of its vast chambers.The Jenolan Caves|Samuel Cook
Close to the human bones lay the tusk and the shoulder-blade of a Mammoth.Prehistoric Man|W. L. H. Duckworth
I say timidly, because it is correct; we did not care to have a mammoth respond to our calls.In Search of the Unknown|Robert W. Chambers
We know him by the mammoth key he carries in his left hand, a symbol of his authority in spiritual concerns.Van Dyck|Estelle M. Hurll
British Dictionary definitions for mammoth
Word Origin for mammoth
Word Origin and History for mammoth
1706, from Russian mammot', probably from Ostyak, a Finno-Ugric language of northern Russia (cf. Finnish maa "earth"). Because the remains were dug from the earth, the animal was believed to root like a mole. As an adjective, "gigantic," from 1802; in this sense "the word appears to be originally American" [Thornton, "American Glossary"], and its first uses are in derogatory accounts to the cheese wheel, more than 4 feet in diameter, sent to President Jefferson by the ladies of the Baptist congregation in Cheshire, Mass., as a present, engraved with the motto "Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God." Federalist editors mocked the affair, and called up the word mammoth (known from Peale's exhibition) to characterize it.