mammoth

noun
mam·moth | \ˈma-məth \

Definition of mammoth 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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 the company is a mammoth of the industry

mammoth

adjective

Definition of mammoth (Entry 2 of 2)

: of very great size

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Adjective

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

Examples of mammoth in a Sentence

Noun

even as sport-utility vehicles go, that one is a mammoth

Adjective

Renovating the house is a mammoth undertaking. a mammoth book with color plates of birds native to North America
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Pat Druckenmiller, earth sciences curator at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, said mammoths generally died out at the end of the Pleistocene Era 11,000 to 12,000 years ago. Washington Post, "Theft of mammoth proportions: Agency seeks stolen tusk," 19 June 2018 Measuring these mammoths is best done using the yardstick of profits relative to GDP. The Economist, "History’s biggest firms," 5 July 2018 In the area of Belaya Gora, in northeastern Siberia, locals use high-power water hoses to dig through the ground in search of mammoths and other ice age animals. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "Digging mammoths in the Arctic isn’t as pretty and sci-fi as this new Lego set suggests," 21 May 2018 So the idea is to use gene-editing techniques such as CRISPR to insert the ancient robust genes from mammoths into Asian elephant cells and create embryos that may grow up to be elephant-mammoth hybrids that can. Yasemin Saplakoglu, Fox News, "Could reviving Woolly-Mammoth genes fight the effects of global warming?," 17 May 2018 Smilodon, a saber-toothed cat around the size of today’s African lion, skulked across the grasslands in search of ground sloths and mammoths. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "In 200 Years Cows May Be the Biggest Land Mammals on the Planet," 20 Apr. 2018 There were massive mammoths three times bigger than modern-day elephants, giant ground sloths up to 20 feet in length, and strange, armadillo-like beasts known as glyptodons that were roughly the size of a VW bus. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "The more humans spread, the smaller other mammals get. Elephants, rhinos and hippos had better watch out," 20 Apr. 2018 Despite claims that the hybrid embryo could be created as soon as next year, the project is far from resurrecting herds of mammoths. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "Inside the high-tech plot to save the northern white rhino from extinction," 6 Apr. 2018 These two mammoths of golf, who have combined for 19 major championship wins and who failed miserably as a Ryder Cup pairing in 2004, co-existed as if lifelong chums for almost three hours Tuesday. Jesse Smithey, Detroit Free Press, "Whoa! Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson put on a show at Masters practice," 3 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Jonny Evans has joined from West Brom, Ricardo Pereira has signed from Porto and Norwich starlet James Maddison has arrived at the Foxes in a mammoth deal worth up to £25m. SI.com, "Leicester City Close to Completing Deal for Serie A Full Back After Seeing Off Rival Interest," 10 July 2018 Although the mammoth neoclassical building, which resembles a great train station, was listed on the city’s historic register in 2016, its requires millions in repairs and environmental clean-up. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "Will a new riverfront concert venue close the gap between Fishtown and the Delaware - or widen it?," 28 June 2018 Symbolic statements, like the opening last year of Station F, a mammoth incubator project in Paris representing France’s start-up ambitions, have also generated buzz. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Macron Vowed to Make France a ‘Start-Up Nation.’ Is It Getting There?," 23 May 2018 The mammoth Falchi Building, a former warehouse in the Long Island City section of Queens also is home to the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC), which licenses the city’s 178,000 for-hire drivers. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "The Behind-the-Scenes Vibe at Uber and Lyft," 27 Mar. 2018 My next visit Despite Enzo’s lovely ambiance, the eatery doesn’t quite feel like a speakeasy, thanks to the large dining room (and mammoth directional signs outside). Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Enzo's Hideaway offers Italian fare paired with prohibition-style cocktails," 14 July 2018 The first three hitters reached, with the third being a mammoth homer by Raffy Lopez, before Perez got out of the inning. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Surprise Five: Rangers might have found their opening for 'Big Sexy' | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 Mar. 2018 What if the e-tailer went beyond a small Seattle food store to own mammoth big-box retailer Target? Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "The Amazon Go store: techy-cool or creepy-weird?," 26 Jan. 2018 Their tracks are preserved in the alkali flats of the valley floor—mammoth, dire wolf, saber-toothed cat, North American camel, and giant ground sloth, all dating back to the last ice age. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "Our Next National Park Could Be in New Mexico," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of mammoth

Noun

1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mammoth

Noun

Russian mamont, mamot

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mammoth

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mammoth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

mammoth

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of mammoth (Entry 2 of 2)

: very large

mammoth

noun
mam·moth | \ˈma-məth \

Kids Definition of mammoth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

mammoth

adjective

Kids Definition of mammoth (Entry 2 of 2)

: very large : huge a mammoth iceberg

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