Definition of mammoth in English:
- Genus Mammuthus, family Elephantidae: several species
- 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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- Like any mammoth task, it can be difficult to get started.
- Otherwise Zambia needs a pat on the back for embarking on this mammoth task of fighting corruption.
- As long as it's not a multicolored, mammoth hat with a humongous pom-pom attached to it.
Early 18th century: from Russian mamo(n)t, probably of Siberian origin.
In Siberia people used to dig up fossil remains and frozen carcasses of a large elephant-like hairy mammal with long curved tusks. They called this in Russian the mamont, which probably came from a Siberian word meaning ‘earth horn’. In the early 18th century English acquired this as mammoth. The word began to refer to anything of a huge size in the early 19th century. See also colossal
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