woolly mammoth


Definition of woolly mammoth

: a heavy-coated mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) formerly inhabiting the colder parts of the northern hemisphere

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Examples of woolly mammoth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, archaeological evidence shows that the woolly mammoth endling lived about 4,000 years ago on Wrangel Island, 87 miles off the coast of Siberia. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 16 June 2022 The approach is similar to a U.S. effort to de-extinct the woolly mammoth by editing elephant DNA. Frances Vinall, Washington Post, 26 May 2022 The Pet Hair Eraser is the best handheld vacuum if your pet sheds like a woolly mammoth. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 17 Mar. 2022 Proponents say bringing back the mammoth in an altered form could help restore the fragile Arctic tundra ecosystem, combat the climate crisis, and preserve the endangered Asian elephant, to whom the woolly mammoth is most closely related. Katie Hunt, CNN, 13 Sep. 2021 The Sunday eBay auction of a 12,000-year-old, fossilized woolly mammoth tooth raised $10,300 to aid Ukrainians affected by Russia's invasion. Natasha Dado, PEOPLE.com, 14 Mar. 2022 Colossal—a startup cofounded by the Harvard geneticist George Church—wants to resurrect a woolly mammoth within the next six years. Matt Reynolds, Wired, 9 Feb. 2022 Remains, including tusks, leg bones, vertebrae and ribs, were also found that belonged to a species of steppe mammoth, which was smaller and less hairy than its woolly mammoth descendants. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 29 Dec. 2021 Back to life: Company seeks to resurrect the woolly mammoth, return extinct animal to the Arctic Show-Me-a-saurus! Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 29 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of woolly mammoth

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of woolly mammoth was in 1874

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20 Jun 2022

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“Woolly mammoth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woolly%20mammoth. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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Kids Definition of woolly mammoth

: an extinct mammal that was a heavy-coated mammoth of cold northern regions

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