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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Recent Examples on the Web Like the dodo, woolly mammoth and pterodactyl, all prior forms of human are extinct. Adrian Woolfson, WSJ, "‘Kindred’ Review: Our Neanderthal Cousins," 2 Oct. 2020 The explanation for the demise of Ice Age megafauna, including the woolly mammoth, giant sloth and saber-toothed cat, has been debated for decades. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Climate Change, Not Hunting, May Have Doomed the Woolly Rhinoceros," 13 Aug. 2020 Reindeer herders in northern Siberia have discovered the skeleton of a woolly mammoth whose ligaments remain intact at least 10,000 years after its death, reports the Associated Press. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Woolly Mammoth Skeleton With Intact Ligaments Found in Siberian Lake," 29 July 2020 Other planned emoji for 2021 included parents bottle-feeding a baby, cockroaches, blueberries, and a woolly mammoth. Chris Morris, Fortune, "There won’t be any new emoji next year, and the pandemic is to blame," 9 Apr. 2020 Neanderthals weren't the club-wielding brutes of popular legend, hunting and eating only woolly mammoths in frozen northern climates. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Neanderthals didn't just hunt mammoths. They actually knew how to fish, researchers discover.," 27 Mar. 2020 Researchers have discovered a mysterious structure at least 20,000-years-old comprised of woolly mammoth bones in Russia that has left experts stunned. Fox News, "Mysterious Ice Age structure built from woolly mammoth bones found," 18 Mar. 2020 Among the highlights of the vast database of images: portraits of Pocahontas, Harriet Tubman and George Washington; Muhammad Ali's iconic boxing headgear; and 3D models of a triceratops and woolly mammoths. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Smithsonian makes nearly 3 million pieces of art available online and free to use," 27 Feb. 2020 At the same time, species like the woolly mammoths and woolly rhinoceroses were driven to extinction, reports Marisa Iati at the Washington Post. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Bird Froze 46,000 Years Ago. Now, It Can Tell Scientists About the Last Ice Age," 24 Feb. 2020

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1874, in the meaning defined above

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“Woolly mammoth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woolly%20mammoth. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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

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