woolly mammoth

noun

Definition of woolly mammoth

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

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As permafrost has melted in recent years, woolly mammoths long trapped beneath the ice are now increasingly accessible in Siberia, and Russia has become a major exporter of mammoth ivory—a substance sometimes called ice ivory. Dina Fine Maron, National Geographic, "Woolly mammoths are extinct. Here’s why they may be considered ‘endangered.’," 20 Aug. 2019 Three scholars and professors identified the object as a woolly mammoth's upper third molar, the Inn said. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "12-year-old discovers apparent woolly mammoth tooth while on vacation in Ohio," 14 Aug. 2019 With the school year just around the corner, a 12-year-old Ohio boy will surely have the best item to bring for show-and-tell: an ancient woolly mammoth tooth. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Boy, 12, Finds Woolly Mammoth Tooth at Family Reunion in Ohio," 15 Aug. 2019 One eagle-eyed kid, though, ended up finding a seven-inch long woolly mammoth tooth. Melissa Locker, Time, "Kid Who Casually Found a Woolly Mammoth Tooth on His Vacation Would Like to Get it Back," 15 Aug. 2019 In 1901, the first woolly mammoth discovered whole in the permafrost emerged from a riverbank near Srednekolymsk, an event immortalized with a stylized red mammoth on the town’s shield. Neil Macfarquhar, New York Times, "Russian Land of Permafrost and Mammoths Is Thawing," 4 Aug. 2019 What emerges is a view of the Ice Age that’s a bit different than typical visions of woolly mammoths and Smilodon, or Saber-toothed cats. Riley Black, Smithsonian, "Prehistoric Hyena’s Teeth Show Bone-Crushing Carnivore Roamed the Arctic," 19 June 2019 Some researchers are trying to rewrite the genomes of elephants, with the ultimate goal of re-creating a woolly mammoth. Quanta Magazine, "Breakthrough DNA Editor Born of Bacteria," 6 Feb. 2015 Although a man who lives in the Abyisky district of Yakutia discovered the head on the shore of a river last year, the Times reported that the find was only recently announced at the opening of a woolly mammoth exhibit in Tokyo. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Severed head of prehistoric wolf found in Siberia, perfectly preserved," 12 June 2019

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1874, in the meaning defined above

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woolly mammoth

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

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