Mammoth
Mammoth Mam"moth (m[a^]m"m[o^]th), n. [Russ. m[^a]mont, m['a]mant, fr. Tartar mamma the earth. Certain Tartar races, the Tungooses and Yakoots, believed that the mammoth worked its way in the earth like a mole.] (Zo["o]l.) An extinct, hairy, maned elephant ({Mammuthus primigenius} formerly {Elephas primigenius}), of enormous size, remains of which are found in the northern parts of both continents. The last of the race, in Europe, were coeval with prehistoric man. [1913 Webster]

Note: Several specimens have been found in Siberia preserved entire, with the flesh and hair remaining. They were imbedded in the ice cliffs at a remote period, and became exposed by the melting of the ice. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
(Elephas primigenus), ,


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