Definition of mammoth in English:

mammoth

noun

  • A large extinct elephant of the Pleistocene epoch, typically hairy with a sloping back and long curved tusks.

    • ‘Environmental evidence suggests the site was once a series of ponds used as a watering place, although it is unclear whether the mammoths died of natural causes and were later scavenged, or were killed by Neanderthal hunters.’
    • ‘Woolly mammoths are perhaps the best known mammals of the Ice Age.’
    • ‘In the research literature, there has been some confusion about the species of mammoths hunted in the past.’
    • ‘Although mammoths came much later than dinosaurs, I spotted a giant pair of ancient curved ivory tusks protruding from an isolated cliff.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By understanding how mammoths responded to their changing environment, experts hope to gain insight to why the giant mammals went extinct.’
    • ‘The latest research on mammoth tusks shows that young male mammoths were being forced out of family groups much earlier than normal.’
    • ‘After a tooth erupts from the gum cavity, the mammoth uses it in grinding coarse vegetation like grass.’
    • ‘Scientists tell us that around 14,000 years ago North America was the home of large populations of mammoths and mastodons.’
    • ‘The vegetation today is too sparse to support large herds of mammoths anyway.’
    • ‘From mammoths and mastodons the Clovis foragers would have learned much about edible wild plants.’
    • ‘The demise of Neanderthals may, instead, have resembled that of mammoths in North America.’
    • ‘To learn what froze the mammoths, we must first understand much of what is known about them.’
    • ‘In this scenario, humans moved rapidly through the continent, slaughtering mammoths, mastodons and other large prey as they went.’
    • ‘And what this ingenious man did was section the trunks of mastodonts and mammoths and read their life history.’
    • ‘DNA from mammoths has been amplified, sequenced and compared with modern elephants.’
    • ‘Woolly mammoths, which are now extinct, lived from the Pleistocene to the early Holocene period from about 120,000 to 4,000 years ago.’
    • ‘It caused the extinction of mammoths and many other species, leaving a world that was warmer but much less diverse.’
    • ‘With current cloning techniques could mammoths be brought back from extinction?’
    • ‘At first a fairly generalized elephant species, mammoths evolved into several specialized species adapted to their environments.’

adjective

  • Huge:

    ‘a mammoth corporation’
    • ‘For this one mammoth presentation alone, the set is worth the price of digital admission.’
    • ‘Leonard designed the block, which has giant bore spacings and mammoth cylinder heads.’
    • ‘Like any mammoth task, it can be difficult to get started.’
    • ‘This is a mammoth task by any criteria, and the more hands there are the lighter the work load for each individual.’
    • ‘The turbulence this mammoth decline will create will throw every aspect of our lives through whirling vortexes.’
    • ‘It has been a mammoth task because in places they have grown to more than 13 feet.’
    • ‘Mr Johnson does not mince his words when it comes to emphasising the dangers associated with this mammoth project.’
    • ‘Otherwise Zambia needs a pat on the back for embarking on this mammoth task of fighting corruption.’
    • ‘Then all that remains is the mammoth task of delivering all the presents on time.’
    • ‘The sudden reappearance of his father, coupled with his mother's mammoth success, proves to be too much.’
    • ‘A scandal of mammoth proportions has hit the media industry, but no-one seems to be giving it a second thought.’
    • ‘When two or more people are living under the same roof these somewhat trivial things can quickly turn into issues of mammoth importance.’
    • ‘But here I have the ability to take a step back and see the green leaves as mammoth trees.’
    • ‘Instead, the need for mammoth funds to mount election campaigns allowed big business to keep buying influence.’
    • ‘It was a mammoth task, especially considering he discovered the place only by accident.’
    • ‘As long as it's not a multicolored, mammoth hat with a humongous pom-pom attached to it.’
    • ‘Livingstone acknowledges it will be a mammoth task to fill every nook and cranny of the national stadium.’
    • ‘He explains at one point that he could not possibly document all of the information in this mammoth book.’
    • ‘They are able to quickly pull relevant information from this mammoth database.’
    • ‘Constructions meant to withstand mammoth assault crumble without protest.’
    huge, enormous, gigantic, giant, colossal, massive, vast, immense, mighty, stupendous, monumental, herculean, epic, prodigious, mountainous, monstrous, titanic, towering, elephantine, king-sized, king-size, gargantuan, brobdingnagian
    mega, monster, whopping great, thumping, thumping great, humongous, jumbo, bumper, astronomical, astronomic
    whacking, whacking great, ginormous
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

mammoth

/ˈmaməθ/