• WordNet 3.6
    • adj mammoth so exceedingly large or extensive as to suggest a giant or mammoth "a gigantic redwood","gigantic disappointment","a mammoth ship","a mammoth multinational corporation"
    • n mammoth any of numerous extinct elephants widely distributed in the Pleistocene; extremely large with hairy coats and long upcurved tusks
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The Mammoth Cave Kentucky The Mammoth Cave Kentucky
An elephant dreams of mammoths, dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures An elephant dreams of mammoths, dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The woolly mammoth, extinct since the Ice Age, had tusks almost 16 feet high.
    • n Mammoth măm"mŏth (Zoöl) An extinct, hairy, maned elephant (Mammuthus primigenius formerly Elephas primigenius), of enormous size, remains of which are found in the northern parts of both continents. The last of the race, in Europe, were coeval with prehistoric man.☞ Several specimens have been found in Siberia preserved entire, with the flesh and hair remaining. They were imbedded in the ice cliffs at a remote period, and became exposed by the melting of the ice.
    • a Mammoth măm"mŏth Resembling the mammoth in size; very large; gigantic; as, a mammoth ox.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The longest cave in the world is the 'Mammoth Cave System' in the USA at 560,000 mtrs deep
    • n mammoth An extinct species of elephant, Elephas primigenius. It is nearly related to the existing Indian elephant, having teeth of similar pattern, and is believed to have been the ancestor of this species; but it was thickly covered with a shaggy coat of three kinds, long stiff bristles and long flexible hairs being mixed with a kind of wool. This warm covering enabled it to endure the rigor of winter in its native regions. The tusks were of great size and much curved. An entire mammoth was discovered in 1799 by a Tungusian fisherman named Schumachoff, embedded in the ice on the banks of the river Lena in Siberia, in such complete preservation that its flesh was eaten by dogs, wolves, and bears. It was about 9 feet high and 16 feet long, with tusks 9 feet long measured along the curve. In later years the bones and tusks of the mammoth have been found abundantly in Siberia, and the fossil ivory has been of great commercial value. This article had been known for many centuries before the discovery of the animal itself, and the mammoth is now supposed to have ranged, before, during, and after the glacial epoch, over the greater part of the northern hemisphere. That it was contemporary with prehistoric man is shown by the discovery of a drawing of the animal scratched on a piece of its own ivory found in a cave in France. This species is more expressly known as the hairy mammoth. The name mammoth is extended to other fossil elephants of the same genus or of the subfamily Elephantinœ, but is not applicable to the mastodons, of the subfamily Mastodontinœ.
    • mammoth Of great comparative size, like a mammoth; gigantic; colossal; immense: as, a mammoth ox; the mammoth tree of California (Sequoia gigantea).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mammoth mam′uth an extinct species of elephant
    • adj Mammoth resembling the mammoth in size: very large
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  • Norman Cousins
    “The sense of paralysis proceeds not so much out of the mammoth size of the problem but out of the puniness of the purpose.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Russ. mâmont, mámant, fr. Tartar mamma, the earth. Certain Tartar races, the Tungooses and Yakoots, believed that the mammoth worked its way in the earth like a mole


In literature:

To Tom it was like a scout picnic on a mammoth scale.
"Tom Slade on a Transport" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
We came up from behind the mammoth, and we were ahead of the other boats.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
It is more nearly perennial than the mammoth.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
He seemed of mammoth proportions as he lurched toward her.
"Southern Stories" by Various
On the ground, strewn all over the patch, were broken, battered melon-rinds; and the two mammoth balls were gone.
"At the Little Brown House" by Ruth Alberta Brown
The first mammoth tusk was brought to England in 1611, by JOSIAS LOGAN.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
To corner him would be impossible; to be lost in his fortress was like being lost in Mammoth Cave.
"Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers" by John Burroughs
The traditions regarding the mammoth, called the "keleegewuk," are few and short.
"Short Sketches from Oldest America" by John Driggs
This illuminating treatise contains the fullest directions yet given for the securing of a mammoth circulation and a corresponding revenue.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, June 17, 1914" by Various
He gazed in silence for a moment at the mammoth foundations, over which the workmen ran like ants.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
St. Michael's Cave is said to rival, if it does not outrival, the Mammoth Cave of Kentucky.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
It is indeed a mammoth city.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2 No 4, October, 1862" by Various
The most remarkable, perhaps, is the Mammoth Cave of Kentucky.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
In a certain dark subterranean cave, called the Mammoth cave, there are found some peculiar species of blind fishes.
"Darwin, and After Darwin (Vol. 1 and 3, of 3)" by George John Romanes
Farther out there was a herd of mammoths.
"The Tree-Dwellers" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
This ballad was composed in 1925 by Jilson Setters, when Floyd Collins was trapped in a salt mine near Mammoth Cave, Kentucky.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
Oh, it's a perfect monster, a mammoth!
"Peggy" by Laura E. Richards
The water was clear as crystal, like the reflection in a mammoth mirror.
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers
It is interesting also to note how these two mammoth timepieces differ.
"Christopher and the Clockmakers" by Sara Ware Bassett
Nothing is more exciting than this following in the track of a mammoth army whose tactics you cannot foresee.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole

In poetry:

We were a race of mighty things;
The world was all our own.
I dwelt with the Mammoth large and strong,
And the giant Mastodon.
"The Fossil Elephant" by Mary Botham Howitt
But in conditions such as these
You cannot make a mammoth cheese,
Which will weigh eight thousand pounds,
But where large fertile farms abounds.
"Fertile Lands and Mammoth Cheese" by James McIntyre
Where a candle fluttered in a draught from the door.
The old man forgot to swear,
Watching its shadow grown a mammoth size,
Dancing in the kitchen there.
"A Tale Of Starvation" by Amy Lowell
And then, could all their groans and sighs,
Their anguished wailings of despair,
But freight that ship, just where she lies,
'Twould sink that mammoth vessel there.
"The Black Man's Wrongs" by James Madison Bell
"Dowb," the first of all his race,
Met the Mammoth face to face
On the lake or in the cave:
Stole the steadiest canoe,
Ate the quarry others slew,
Died — and took the finest grave.
"A General Summary" by Rudyard Kipling
"Ha! ha!" he proudly cried, "a fig
For this, your mammoth torso!
Just watch me while I grow as big
As you—or even more so!"
To which magniloquential gush
His bullship simply answered "Tush!"
"The Arrogant Frog And The Superior Bull" by Guy Wetmore Carryl

In news:

Win two round trip tickets for two from Mammoth to Los Angeles.
See the entry form in this week's Mammoth Times, page 13, and weekly through Nov 5.
Together, their investment group purchased the Sierra Center mall, the town's largest single commercial building, situated on Old Mammoth Road across the street from the Vons area.
George Shirk, Mammoth Times Senior Writer.
Mammoth Times Photo/ Wendilyn Grasseschi.
It was unprecedented for Mammoth.
More than 100 Hispanic citizens showed up to meet and greet Mammoth's police Wednesday night at the Village Lodge, creating a bridge between the officers and the community.
Cliff Evans' Mammoth Digital Video Speaks Loudly and Carries a Bit Shtick .
The race will take place on the Minaret Mile, located on tracks set on Minaret Road between Mammoth Mountain Inn and Minaret Summit.
'This is a mammoth storm'.
Sept 7-13, starring Scobie & Smalley and the "Slam Bam Thank You Mammoth" pizza.
Aside from the woolly mammoth, no Pleistocene creature is more iconic than Smilodon .
0 A forest ranger leads a snowshoe tour at Mammoth, one alternative to hitting the slopes.
While Darryl Towns thinks that Governor Eliot Spitzer has made the budget process more transparent, he still would like a little more reading time to digest what's actually in the mammoth document.
Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky is a journey into the history of the native people who explored these caves 4,000 years ago and those that followed.

In science:

Anyone who has seriously tried to read the mammoth Fukaya et al. will appreciate this.
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
I have made no attempt to take on the mammoth task of citing even the most important works in the field, but I provide references for some particular statements made in the text.
Hot or dense matter
From the results of the Spoofed Project [MIT Advanced Network Architecture Group 2007; Beverly and Bauer 2005] it is concluded that IP Spoofing continues to be a mammoth problem in today internet world. It is still a prospective tool used by malicious users for attack and misdirection.
CNoA: Challenging Number Approach for uncovering TCP SYN flooding using SYN spoofing attack
INTRODUCTION The mammoth amount of pages in the World Wide Web has made the search engines, an inevitable tool for the web users.
Semantic snippet construction for search engine results based on segment evaluation
The mammoth size of the web and the dynamic nature of sites have fueled this growth in usage of search engines.
Segmentation Based Approach to Dynamic Page Construction from Search Engine Results