Definition of elephantine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌeləˈfan(t)ēn/
Pronunciation: /ˌeləˈfanˌtīn/
Pronunciation: /ˈeləfənˌtēn/
Pronunciation: /ˈeləfənˌtīn/


Of, resembling, or characteristic of an elephant or elephants, especially in being large, clumsy, or awkward: there was an elephantine thud from the bathroom
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  • His examples are ‘the geometry of a young Japanese woman walking down a Parisian street or a Dutchman made to feel clumsy, elephantine, in a traditional Japanese house or inn.’
  • The sandy beach at Chintheche is one of the best on the entire lakeshore, hemmed in by smooth, elephantine rocks.
  • The gigantic, bipedal, elephantine creatures weighed several tons at the largest and had no problem knocking the eighty-foot trees aside as they ran.


Early 17th century: via Latin from Greek elephantinos, from elephas, elephant- 'elephant'.

Words that rhyme with elephantine

adamantine, Byzantine

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Syllabification: el·e·phan·tine

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