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 The average life span of an Arctic woolly mammoth has been estimated at 60. Richard Grant, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Oct. 2023 Efforts now underway to bring back species like the woolly mammoth and the dodo are stirring a blend of wonder, investment, curiosity, and criticism. Alessandro Clemente, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Mar. 2023 Adult male woolly mammoths reached a height of 12 feet at the shoulder, with a thick hide, shaggy coat and tusks up to 12 feet long. Richard Grant, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Oct. 2023 At a time when the mighty woolly mammoth roamed the Earth, some 46,000 years ago, a minuscule pair of roundworms became encased in the Siberian permafrost. Orlando Mayorquin, New York Times, 29 July 2023 This past spring a science museum in Amsterdam unveiled an unusual exhibit: a giant meatball created with DNA from the woolly mammoth. Regina Marler, The New York Review of Books, 31 Aug. 2023 To put that fact in perspective, woolly mammoths were alive when the Great Pyramid of Giza was built in Egypt. David Reamer | Alaska History, Anchorage Daily News, 7 May 2023 Colossal planned to reintroduce the woolly mammoth into Russia, but that may shift. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 30 Jan. 2023 While the Asian elephant is the closest living relative of the woolly mammoth, the current plan of the company Colossal involves using an artificial uterus to give birth to a calf rather than using a surrogate elephant mother. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 26 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of woolly mammoth was in 1874

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“Woolly mammoth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woolly%20mammoth. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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woolly mammoth

: an extinct mammal that was a heavy-coated mammoth of cold northern regions and is known from fossils, from the drawings of prehistoric human beings, and from entire dead frozen bodies dug up in Siberia

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