Definition of mammoth in English:


Line breaks: mam|moth
Pronunciation: /ˈmaməθ


  • A large extinct elephant of the Pleistocene epoch, typically hairy with a sloping back and long curved tusks.
    • Genus Mammuthus, family Elephantidae: several species. See woolly mammoth
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    • Woolly mammoths, which are now extinct, lived from the Pleistocene to the early Holocene period from about 120,000 to 4,000 years ago.
    • The back cover claims it presents the wonderful story of the elephant, from the extinct mammoths of the Ice Age to their present day battle for survival.
    • In this scenario, humans moved rapidly through the continent, slaughtering mammoths, mastodons and other large prey as they went.


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early 18th century: from Russian mamo(n)t, probably of Siberian origin.

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