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ˈmæm əθmam·moth

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mammothadjective

    any of numerous extinct elephants widely distributed in the Pleistocene; extremely large with hairy coats and long upcurved tusks

  2. gigantic, mammothadjective

    so exceedingly large or extensive as to suggest a giant or mammoth

    "a gigantic redwood"; "gigantic disappointment"; "a mammoth ship"; "a mammoth multinational corporation"


  1. mammothnoun

    A large, hairy, extinct elephant-like mammal of the taxonomic genus Mammuthus.

  2. mammothnoun

    Something very large of its kind.

  3. mammothadjective

    Very large.

  4. Etymology: From obsolete мамант (modern мамонт), probably from Old Vogul *mēmoŋt ‘earth-horn’ (compare Mansi mā ‘earth’, ou̯tə ‘horn’).


  1. Mammoth

    A mammoth is any species of the extinct elephantid genus Mammuthus, one of the many genera that make up the order of trunked mammals called proboscideans. The various species of mammoth were commonly equipped with long, curved tusks and, in northern species, a covering of long hair. They lived from the Pliocene epoch (from around 5 million years ago) into the Holocene at about 4,000 years ago, and various species existed in Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America. They were members of the family Elephantidae, which also contains the two genera of modern elephants and their ancestors. Mammoths are more closely related to living Asian elephants than African elephants. The oldest representative of Mammuthus, the South African mammoth (M. subplanifrons), appeared around 5 million years ago during the early Pliocene in what is now southern and eastern Africa. Descendant species of these mammoths moved north and continued to propagate into numerous subsequent species, eventually covering most of Eurasia before migrating into North America around 1.5-1.3 million years ago, becoming ancestral to the Columbian mammoth (M. columbi). The last species to emerge, the woolly mammoth (M. primigenius), developed about 400,000 years ago in East Asia, with some surviving on Russia's Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean, as well as possibly the Taymyr Peninsula on mainland Siberia, until as recently as roughly 3,700 to 4,000 years ago, still extant during the construction of the Great Pyramid of ancient Egypt.


  1. mammoth

    A mammoth is a type of extinct elephant that were large in size with long hair and long curved tusks. They lived during the Pleistocene epoch from about 1.6 million years ago to around 4,000 years ago. The word "mammoth" is also used informally to describe anything that is extraordinarily large in size or extent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mammothnoun

    an extinct, hairy, maned elephant (Elephas primigenius), of enormous size, remains of which are found in the northern parts of both continents. The last of the race, in Europe, were coeval with prehistoric man

  2. Mammothadjective

    resembling the mammoth in size; very large; gigantic; as, a mammoth ox

  3. Etymology: [Russ. mmont, mmant, fr. Tartar mamma the earth. Certain Tartar races, the Tungooses and Yakoots, believed that the mammoth worked its way in the earth like a mole.]


  1. Mammoth

    A mammoth is any species of the extinct genus Mammuthus, proboscideans commonly equipped with long, curved tusks and, in northern species, a covering of long hair. They lived from the Pliocene epoch into the Holocene at about 4,500 years ago in Europe, Asia, and America as far south as Mexico. They were members of the family Elephantidae which contains, along with mammoths, the two genera of modern elephants and their ancestors.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mammoth

    mam′uth, n. an extinct species of elephant.—adj. resembling the mammoth in size: very large. [Russ. mamantŭ—Tartar mamma, the earth.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Mammoth

    an extinct species of elephant of enormous size found fossilised in Northern Europe and Asia in deposits alongside of human remains, and yielding a supply of fossil ivory.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mammoth in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mammoth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of mammoth in a Sentence

  1. David Bottjer:

    If we're going to find things on other planets, it's probably going to be more like the pre-Cambrian stuff than something that is a million years old and has mammoth bones in it.

  2. Joe Manchin:

    I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation, there’s a lot of good, but that bill is a mammoth piece of legislation.

  3. Lars Werthmann:

    The next mammoth task is to coordinate all these people.

  4. Robert Willens:

    If the deal was done exactly the same way, but for cash rather than stock, the tax liability would be mammoth, gains would be taxed at capital gain rates which, for a New York resident, amounts to about 30 percent.

  5. Scott Bolton:

    This is the closest any spacecraft has come to this mammoth moon in a generation, we are going to take our time before we draw any scientific conclusions, but until then we can simply marvel at this celestial wonder.

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