• IPA: /ˈmæməθ/

mammoth (plural mammoths)

  1. Any species of the extinct genus Mammuthus, of large, usually hairy, elephant-like mammals with long curved tusks and an inclined back, which became extinct with the last retreat of ice age glaciers during the late Pleistocene period, and are known from fossils, frozen carcasses, and Paleolithic cave paintings found in North America and Eurasia.
  2. (obsolete) A mastodon.
  3. (figuratively) Something very large of its kind.
    • 1973, Jeffrey Potter, Disaster by Oil (page 46)
      That is a lot of ship, about the the size of big tankers before they grew so rapidly to become supers, mammoths and oilbergs.
Translations Adjective


  1. Comparable to a mammoth in its size; very large, huge, gigantic.
    • 1898, Guy Wetmore Carryl, The Arrogant Frog and the Superior Bull, in Fables for the Frivolous (With Apologies to La Fontaine),
      “Ha! ha!” he proudly cried, “a fig / For this, your mammoth torso! / Just watch me while I grow as big / As you—or even more so!”
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