- of an elephant or elephants
- like an elephant in size or gait; huge, heavy, slow, clumsy, ungainly, etc.
Origin of elephantineClassical Latin elephantinus ; from Classical Greek elephantinos
small island in the Nile, opposite Aswan: site of ancient ruins
- Of or relating to an elephant.
- Enormous in size or strength: “the proliferation of superstores, superstadiums, [and] elephantine convention centers” (Herbert Muschamp).
- Ponderously clumsy.
An island of southeast Egypt in the Nile River below the First Cataract near Aswan. In ancient times it was a military post guarding the southern frontier of Egypt. A series of Jewish papyrus documents dating from the 5th century BC were discovered at Elephantine in the early 1900s.
(comparative more elephantine, superlative most elephantine)
- Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of elephants.
- Very large.
- Of, from, or pertaining to Elephantine or the Elephantine people.