from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to an elephant.
  • adj. Enormous in size or strength: "the proliferation of superstores, superstadiums, [and] elephantine convention centers” ( Herbert Muschamp).
  • adj. Ponderously clumsy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of elephants.
  • adj. Very large.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to the elephant, or resembling an elephant (commonly, in size); hence, huge; immense; heavy

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the elephant; resembling an elephant.
  • Hence Elephant-like; huge; immense; heavy; clumsy: as, he was of elephantine proportions; elephantine movements.
  • Made or consisting of ivory. See chryselephantine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of great mass; huge and bulky


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