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Ay, she'd know her anywhere—by the rust on her jumbo she would—the Ligonier.

Jumbo mentioned that he had found an A T O cow dead by a water-hole.

Yet there was no better line-rider in the Panhandle than Jumbo Wilkins.

You could get that sarsaparilla across the bar at the Bird Cage, couldn't you, Jumbo?

Jumbo pinned Wadley's arms by the elbows to prevent him from drawing a revolver.

The Ranger handed over to Jumbo his guns and borrowed the whip.

Jumbo, with his arm tucked under that of Wadley, led the way to the house.

He contrived to say it so offensively that Jumbo flushed with anger.

Jumbo Wilkins was one of those who argued mightily that there was no luck about it.

Jumbo Wilkins was one of the posse Jack had hastily gathered.

WORD ORIGIN

"very large, unusually large for its type," 1882, a reference to Jumbo, name of the London Zoo's huge elephant (acquired from France, said to have been captured as a baby in Abyssinia in 1861), sold February 1882 to U.S. circus showman P.T. Barnum amid great excitement in America and great outcry in England, both fanned by Barnum. The name is perhaps from slang jumbo "clumsy, unwieldy fellow" (1823), which itself is possibly from a word for "elephant" in a West African language (cf. Kongo nzamba).

As a product size, by 1886 (cigars). Jumbo jet attested by 1964.

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