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woolly mammoth

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Definition of woolly mammoth in English:

noun

A mammoth that was adapted to the cold periods of the Pleistocene, with a long shaggy coat, small ears, and a thick layer of fat. Individuals are sometimes found frozen in the permafrost of Siberia.
  • Mammuthus primigenius, family Elephantidae
Example sentences
  • For example, they hope to find some intact nuclei preserved in 20,000 year-old carcasses of woolly mammoths frozen in the permafrost in Siberia.
  • So while the Irish elk preferred relatively temperate conditions and semi-woodland habitats, the woolly mammoth was adapted to cold temperatures and open tundra.
  • There has been much controversy over how many woolly mammoths are frozen in the permafrost of Siberia.

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