Definition of Elephantine

1. Adjective. Of great mass; huge and bulky. "Jumbo shrimp"

Exact synonyms: Gargantuan, Giant, Jumbo
Similar to: Big, Large
Derivative terms: Gargantua, Giant, Giant, Giant, Giant

Definition of Elephantine

1. a. Pertaining to the elephant, or resembling an elephant (commonly, in size); hence, huge; immense; heavy; as, of elephantine proportions; an elephantine step or tread.

Definition of Elephantine

1. Proper noun. An island in the river Nile. ¹

2. Adjective. Of, from, or pertaining to Elephantine or the Elephantine people. ¹

3. Adjective. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of elephants. ¹

4. Adjective. Very large. ¹

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Definition of Elephantine

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Elephantine

1. Pertaining to the elephant, or resembling an elephant (commonly, in size); hence, huge; immense; heavy; as, of elephantine proportions; an elephantine step or tread. Elephantine epoch, the epoch distinguished by the existence of large pachyderms. Elephantine tortoise, a huge land tortoise; especially, Testudo elephantina, from islands in the Indian Ocean; and T. Elephantopus, from the Galapagos Islands. Origin: L. Elephantinus of ivory, Gr., cf. F. Elephantin. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Elephantine

elephant yam
elephantiasis neuromatosa
elephantiasis telangiectodes
elephantoid fever

Literary usage of Elephantine

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians, by John Gardner Wilkinson (1841)
"dation of the Nile ; and the ancient wooden cubits found in Egypt are the same measure as the graduated scale at Elephantine. To these I now invite the ..."

2. A Thousand Miles Up the Nile by Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards (1878)
"THE green island of Elephantine, which is about a mile in length, lies opposite Assouan and divides ... Another has cast anchor over the way at Elephantine. ..."

3. Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Archaeology by Society of Biblical Archaeology (1908)
"THE ORIGIN OF THE NAME OF THE ISLAND OF Elephantine. BY AFR PLATT, MB Two explanations of the origin of the word Elephantine are current. ..."

4. A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in by John Pinkerton (1814)
"... fouth end of Elephantine. The rocks here are very high, on which the ancient Syene was built ; on one of them I faw hieroglyphics, and the middle figure ..."

5. The Monuments of Upper Egypt: A Translation of the "Itinéraire de la Haute by Auguste Mariette (1890)
"On the western side of the river immediately opposite to Assouan is the island of Elephantine. Whilst at Assouan the Egyptian element still predominates in ..."

6. The Geography of Herodotus ...: Illustrated from Modern Researches and by James Talboys Wheeler (1854)
"... included all those who dwelt northward of the city of Elephantine, and drank of the river.3 This answer was sufficient to prove that Aegypt extended to ..."

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