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El·e·phan·ti·ne

 (ĕl′ə-făn-tī′nē)
An island of southeast Egypt in the Nile River below the First Cataract near Aswan. In ancient times it was a military post guarding the southern frontier of Egypt. A series of Jewish papyrus documents dating from the 5th century bc were discovered at Elephantine in the early 1900s.

el·e·phan·tine

 (ĕl′ə-făn′tēn′, -tīn′, ĕl′ə-fən-)
adj.
1. Of or relating to an elephant.
2. Enormous in size or strength: "the proliferation of superstores, superstadiums, [and] elephantine convention centers" (Herbert Muschamp).
3. Ponderously clumsy.

elephantine

(ˌɛlɪˈfæntaɪn)
adj
1. (Zoology) denoting, relating to, or characteristic of an elephant or elephants
2. huge, clumsy, or ponderous

el•e•phan•tine

(ˌɛl əˈfæn tin, -taɪn, -tɪn, ˈɛl ə fənˌtin, -ˌtaɪn)

adj.
1. pertaining to or resembling an elephant.
2. of massive size; huge: elephantine buildings.
3. ponderous; clumsy.
[1620–30; < Latin < Greek]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.elephantine - of great mass; huge and bulky; "a jumbo jet"; "jumbo shrimp"
big, large - above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a large city"; "set out for the big city"; "a large sum"; "a big (or large) barn"; "a large family"; "big businesses"; "a big expenditure"; "a large number of newspapers"; "a big group of scientists"; "large areas of the world"

elephantine

adjective massive, great, huge, heavy, giant, enormous, immense, lumbering, gigantic, monstrous, mammoth, bulky, colossal, weighty, hulking, laborious, ponderous, gargantuan, humongous or humungous (U.S. slang) His legs were elephantine, his body obese.

elephantine

adjective
Translations

elephantine

[ˌelɪˈfæntaɪn] ADJ (fig) → elefantino

elephantine

adj (= heavy, clumsy)schwerfällig, wie ein Elefant; (= large)riesig, elefantös (hum); elephantine memoryElefantengedächtnis nt (inf)

elephantine

[ˌɛlɪˈfæntaɪn] adj (fig) → mastodontico/a, elefantesco/a
References in classic literature ?
Old six-foot Snodgrass looms on high, With elephantine grace, And beams upon the company, With brown and jovial face.
Peeping through the same crevice of the curtain where, only a little while before, the urchin of elephantine appetite had peeped, the butcher beheld the inner door, not closed, as the child had seen it, but ajar, and almost wide open.
Then there were more outcries and threatening, until at last Jurgis had a vision of a pair of elephantine legs disappearing through the trap door, and felt the house shake as Madame Haupt started to walk.
There was something elephantine about him as he stood there, soaked to the skin, bending forward a little, breathing slowly and deeply, his fine nostrils distending with perfect regularity, his face in the dim light, yellow, with the large lines almost black.
As much mud in the streets as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth, and it would not be wonderful to meet a Megalosaurus, forty feet long or so, waddling like an elephantine lizard up Holborn Hill.
The chance guess that they were bound upon an orluk hunt proved correct, and Talu had said that the chances were ten to one that such would be the mission of any party leaving Kadabra by the pass through which we entered the valley, since that way leads directly to the vast plains frequented by this elephantine beast of prey.
The Professor, as I remembered him, had an elephantine sense of humour capable of the most clumsy and unwieldly gambollings.
I have just been telling you what I think, in order to explain why the elephantine gambols of Madame Tetralani spoil the orchestra for me.
Black Matt and Tom Morrisey merely held on to each other and lifted their clumsy-booted feet in what seemed a grotesque, elephantine dance.
Think the moon is a blue moon, a single elephantine sapphire.
Higher he came and nearer, nearer, slowly yet hurriedly, now stopping to cough and gasp, now taking a few steps by elephantine assault.
With a resolute self-grip, as she crossed the parlor and passed the door to Sarah's bedroom, through the thin wood of which came elephantine moanings and low slubberings, she steeled herself to keep the color in her cheeks and the brightness in her eyes.