mammoth

[ mam-uh th ]SEE DEFINITION OF mammoth
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The dessert was on the table before Clarence had done with the mammoth.

He managed to get one corner of his mouth from behind that mammoth hand.

It was time that made him mammoth, and it would not, could not, hurry.

He had been trying to hide behind the chair a mammoth basket of fruit.

Jerry struggled with a mammoth boulder,—Winslow leaping to his aid.

Shorter than the tree-eater, it was still a thing of mammoth ugliness.

I didn't pick Swifty for his looks, nor for his mammoth intellect.

We passed by Mammoth Cave, but at full speed, for it was held by the brigands.

Hanging from a mammoth crane was part of the framework of a great aeroplane.

A mammoth tent was erected for a dance-house and gambling purposes.

WORD ORIGIN

1706, from Russian mammot', probably from Ostyak, a Finno-Ugric language of northern Russia (cf. Finnish maa "earth"). Because the remains were dug from the earth, the animal was believed to root like a mole. As an adjective, "gigantic," from 1802; in this sense "the word appears to be originally American" [Thornton, "American Glossary"], and its first uses are in derogatory accounts to the cheese wheel, more than 4 feet in diameter, sent to President Jefferson by the ladies of the Baptist congregation in Cheshire, Mass., as a present, engraved with the motto "Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God." Federalist editors mocked the affair, and called up the word mammoth (known from Peale's exhibition) to characterize it.

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