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1mammoth

noun mam·moth \ˈma-məth\

: a type of large, hairy elephant that lived in ancient times and that had very long tusks that curved upward

: something that is very large

Full Definition of MAMMOTH

1
:  any of a genus (Mammuthus) of extinct Pleistocene mammals of the elephant family distinguished from recent elephants by highly ridged molars, usually large size, very long tusks that curve upward, and well-developed body hair
2
:  something immense of its kind <a mammoth company>

Examples of MAMMOTH

  1. <even as sport-utility vehicles go, that one is a mammoth>

Origin of MAMMOTH

Russian mamont, mamot
First Known Use: 1706

2mammoth

adjective

: very large

Full Definition of MAMMOTH

:  of very great size

Examples of MAMMOTH

  1. Renovating the house is a mammoth undertaking.
  2. <a mammoth book with color plates of birds native to North America>

First Known Use of MAMMOTH

1802

Synonym Discussion of MAMMOTH

enormous, immense, huge, vast, gigantic, colossal, mammoth mean exceedingly large. enormous and immense both suggest an exceeding of all ordinary bounds in size or amount or degree, but enormous often adds an implication of abnormality or monstrousness <an enormous expense> <an immense shopping mall>. huge commonly suggests an immensity of bulk or amount <incurred a huge debt>. vast usually suggests immensity of extent <the vast Russian steppes>. gigantic stresses the contrast with the size of others of the same kind <a gigantic sports stadium>. colossal applies especially to a human creation of stupendous or incredible dimensions <a colossal statue of Lincoln>. mammoth suggests both hugeness and ponderousness of bulk <a mammoth boulder>.
MAMMOTH Defined for Kids

1mammoth

noun mam·moth \ˈma-məth\

Definition of MAMMOTH for Kids

:  a very large hairy extinct elephant with long tusks that curve upward

2mammoth

adjective

Definition of MAMMOTH for Kids

:  very large :  huge <a mammoth iceberg>

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