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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ This country has a mammoth drug problem.
▪ Absolutely mammoth, the book never bores.
▪ After the war, the engineers had to invent some mammoth excavation devices to shoehorn them out.
▪ Could it be you hate the idea of mammoth dining rooms with two mammoth seatings?
▪ Giant dunes of crushed rock and miles of mammoth piping line the road.
▪ In 1893, his work culminated in a mammoth paper written in a language not of physics but of dollars and cents.
▪ On the seventeenth, a short par-four curving to the left, Peter grunted after hitting a mammoth Whiplash drive.
▪ Same mammoth grandstands rising into the sky.
▪ There are some 150 types of basil, including anise, lemon, cinnamon, mammoth, and purple varieties.
▪ After the mammoths disappeared, hunters used a smaller point, called the Folsom point, to kill prehistoric bison.
▪ Cuvier noticed that the most recently extinct creatures such as the mammoth were closely related to living species.
▪ The mammoth had a shaggy coat to protect it against the rigours of the ice ages.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mammoth \Mam"moth\ (m[a^]m"m[o^]th), a. Resembling the mammoth in size; very large; gigantic; as, a mammoth ox.


Mammoth \Mam"moth\ (m[a^]m"m[o^]th), n. [Russ. m[^a]mont, m['a]mant, 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.] (Zo["o]l.) An extinct, hairy, maned elephant ( Mammuthus primigenius formerly 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.

Note: Several specimens have been found in Siberia preserved entire, with the flesh and hair remaining. They were imbedded in the ice cliffs at a remote period, and became exposed by the melting of the ice.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1706, from Russian mammot', probably from Ostyak, a Finno-Ugric language of northern Russia (compare 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.


a. Comparable to a mammoth in its size; very large, huge, gigantic. n. Any species of the extinct genus ''Mammuthus'', of large, usually hairy, elephant-like mammals with long curved tusks and an inclined back, which became extinct with the last retreat of ice age glaciers during the late Pleistocene period, and are known from fossils, frozen carcasses, and Paleolithic cave paintings found in North America and Eurasia.


adj. so exceedingly large or extensive as to suggest a giant or mammoth; "a gigantic redwood"; "gigantic disappointment"; "a mammoth ship"; "a mammoth multinational corporation" [syn: gigantic]


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

Mammoth, AZ -- U.S. town in Arizona
Population (2000): 1762
Housing Units (2000): 697
Land area (2000): 1.083314 sq. miles (2.805770 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.083314 sq. miles (2.805770 sq. km)
FIPS code: 43990
Located within: Arizona (AZ), FIPS 04
Location: 32.722140 N, 110.644209 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 85618
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Mammoth, AZ

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 (from around 5 million years ago) into the Holocene at about 4,500 years ago 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 stem from an ancestral species called M. africanavus, the African mammoth. These mammoths lived in northern Africa and disappeared about 3 or 4 million years ago. Descendants of these mammoths moved north and eventually covered most of Eurasia. These were M. meridionalis, the 'southern mammoths'.

Mammoth (2006 film)

Mammoth is a 2006 action comedy horror directed by Tim Cox and produced by Plinyminor in association with the Sci Fi Channel starring Vincent Ventresca, Summer Glau, Leila Arcieri and Tom Skerritt. The film was nominated for a 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects.

Mammoth (disambiguation)

A Mammoth is an extinct mammal and close relative to the modern elephant.

Mammoth may also refer to:

Mammoth (comics)

Mammoth (real name Baran Flinders) is a fictional character and comic book supervillain from DC Comics.

Mammoth (song)

"Mammoth" is the second UK single from Interpol's third album Our Love to Admire. The single was released on September 3, 2007. It reached number 44 on the UK Singles Chart.

Before the song was named "Mammoth" it was called "Pawn Shop" due to its lyrics. It was one of the first songs to be recorded for the album.

Mammoth (2009 film)

Mammoth is a 2009 Swedish film directed by Lukas Moodysson, about a successful New York couple experiencing conditions related to modern day globalization. The couple is played by Gael García Bernal and Michelle Williams, in the roles of Leo and Ellen Vidales. The title superficially refers to the mammoth ivory pen Leo receives as a gift. In addition it relates loosely to a quote from one of Moodysson's poetry collections: "Our Savior buried like a Mammoth."

Mammoth (John Varley)

Mammoth is a 2005 novel by author John Varley. The book centers around the concept of time travel, and gives quite a bit of discussion to the concept that there may be limits to science.

Mammoth (ride)

Mammoth is a water coaster at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana, USA. It was designed and built beginning in 2011 by ProSlide Technology; it opened on May 11, 2012. Mammoth is named after the Mammoth, a now-extinct prehistoric mammal, keeping with the water park's safari theme. When it was completed in 2012, Mammoth became the world's longest water coaster at long. It claimed that title from Holiday World's first water coaster, Wildebeest, which is long.

Mammoth (play)

Mammoth is a 1990 satirical play by Bulgarian playwright Stanislav Stratiev. It was written in 1989, but premiered at the Satirical Theatre of Sofia on October 12, 1990.

Mammoth (Dimitri Vegas, Moguai and Like Mike song)

"Mammoth" is a song by Belgian electronic DJ duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and German DJ and producer Moguai. It was released on Beatport on 4 March 2013. The song charted in Belgium, Germany, France, and the Netherlands.

Usage examples of "mammoth".

With mammoth government contracts in the offing, Weinberg had no trouble converting the Business Advisory Council of leading businessmen into an agency for helping governmental leaders plan the policies for war and for the post-war period.

Everyone else seemed to find their way to the Mammoth Hearth, anticipating the story of an exciting and unusual adventure, which could be told and retold.

The mammoths gradually became more confident, their bellies filling, and the steady rhythms of life banished their lingering grief over the loss of Shoot.

Apparently, the giant ground sloth and the short-faced grizzly also dwelt in the forests and plains along with the humpless camel, the mammoth, and the mastodon.

It was a transformation that could not even have been imagined by any mammoth or mastodont who ever lived.

His most recent book is a collection, Vacuum Diagrams, and upcoming projects include new novels Moonseed and Mammoth, and a collaboration with Arthur C.

Long Light that she could reach the Mammoth People before the season of flies and mushy muskeg began.

Although a male mammoth reached puberty around twelve, he did not begin musth until he was close to thirty, and then only for a week or so.

Besides lending male mammoths irresistible charm, to females, musth also conferred dominance over males, making them very aggressive even toward those who were larger, unless they were also in that excited state.

The woolly mammoths were well adapted to the harsh periglacial climate of their cold environment.

The system was very busy with vessels going and coming, and mammoth chunks of preplanetary materials being pushed and pulled around by some sort of invisible motivating systems.

I am well acquainted with all these matters, and know, also, that Cuvier and Blumenbach fully recognized in these bones the undeniable remains of mammoths of the Quaternary period.

The sight of a quintet of shaggy-haired boys setting up mammoth speakers on the stage in preparation to assault our sensibilities was more than enough to send us away.

The lashing and lines were made from tough sealskin, and the reins that would control the bonehead haulers were made of mammoth leather.

Obviously he thought that Soli was telling me about the mammoth feast.