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elephantine

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adjective el·e·phan·tine \ˌe-lə-ˈfan-ˌtēn, -ˌtīn, ˈe-lə-fən-\

Simple Definition of elephantine

  • : very large like an elephant

  • : not graceful : awkward or clumsy

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of elephantine

  1. 1 a :  having enormous size or strength :  massive b :  clumsy, ponderous <elephantine verse>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to an elephant

Examples of elephantine in a sentence

  1. He has an elephantine ego.

  2. <the wedding reception was held under an elephantine tent on the great lawn>



1610

First Known Use of elephantine

1610


Elephantine

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geographical name El·e·phan·ti·ne \ˌe-lə-ˌfan-ˈtī-nē, -fən-, -ˈtē-\

Definition of Elephantine

  1. island S Egypt in the Nile opposite Aswân pop 1814




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