Elephantine epoch
Elephantine El`e*phan"tine, a. [L. elephantinus of ivory, Gr. ?: cf. F. ['e]l['e]phantin.] Pertaining to the elephant, or resembling an elephant (commonly, in size); hence, huge; immense; heavy; as, of elephantine proportions; an elephantine step or tread. [1913 Webster]

{Elephantine epoch} (Geol.), the epoch distinguished by the existence of large pachyderms. --Mantell.

{Elephantine tortoise} (Zo["o]l.), a huge land tortoise; esp., {Testudo elephantina}, from islands in the Indian Ocean; and {T. elephantopus}, from the Galapagos Islands.


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  • Elephantine — El e*phan tine, a. [L. elephantinus of ivory, Gr. ?: cf. F. [ e]l[ e]phantin.] Pertaining to the elephant, or resembling an elephant (commonly, in size); hence, huge; immense; heavy; as, of elephantine proportions; an elephantine step or tread.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Elephantine tortoise — Elephantine El e*phan tine, a. [L. elephantinus of ivory, Gr. ?: cf. F. [ e]l[ e]phantin.] Pertaining to the elephant, or resembling an elephant (commonly, in size); hence, huge; immense; heavy; as, of elephantine proportions; an elephantine step …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • T elephantopus — Elephantine El e*phan tine, a. [L. elephantinus of ivory, Gr. ?: cf. F. [ e]l[ e]phantin.] Pertaining to the elephant, or resembling an elephant (commonly, in size); hence, huge; immense; heavy; as, of elephantine proportions; an elephantine step …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Testudo elephantina — Elephantine El e*phan tine, a. [L. elephantinus of ivory, Gr. ?: cf. F. [ e]l[ e]phantin.] Pertaining to the elephant, or resembling an elephant (commonly, in size); hence, huge; immense; heavy; as, of elephantine proportions; an elephantine step …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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