An illustration of a mammoths skeleton.
- Mammoth is defined as something huge.
When you make a really, really big mistake, this is an example of a mistake that would be described as a mammoth mistake.
- The definition of a mammoth is an extinct elephant from the Pleistocene epoch that had curved tusks and a sloping back.
A large extinct furry elephant type animal is an example of a wooly mammoth.
Origin of mammothaltered ; from Russian mamont, mammot ; from Yakut mamont, probably ; from mama, earth: from the notion that the animal had burrowed in the ground
- Any of various extinct elephants of the genus Mammuthus of the Pliocene, Pleistocene, and Holocene Epochs, having ridged molars and often, as in the woolly mammoth, long tusks and hair.
- Something that is of great size.
- Of enormous size, extent, or amount; huge. See Synonyms at enormous.
- Of great scope or importance: mammoth expectations.
Origin of mammothUltimately (perhaps influenced by behemoth) from Russian mamont, mamot, probably from earlier Mansi (Ugric language of western Siberia) *mān-oŋt- : *mān, earth (akin to modern Mansi mā-, earth, as in mā-xar, mammoth (literally, “earth stag”)) + *oŋt-, horn (in reference to fossil mammoth tusks).
woolly mammoth Mammuthus primigenius
- 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.
- (figuratively) Something very large of its kind.
(comparative more mammoth, superlative most mammoth)
- Comparable to a mammoth in its size; very large, huge, gigantic.