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chryselephantine

[kris-el-uh-fan-tin, -tahyn] /ˌkrɪs ɛl əˈfæn tɪn, -taɪn/
adjective
1.
made of or overlaid with gold and ivory, as certain objects made in ancient Greece.
Origin of chryselephantine
1820-1830
1820-30; < Greek chrȳselephántinos, equivalent to chrȳs- chrys- + elephántinos (elephant-, stem of eléphās elephant, ivory + -inos -ine1
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chryselephantine

/ˌkrɪsɛlɪˈfæntɪn/
adjective
1.
(of ancient Greek statues) made of or overlaid with gold and ivory
Word Origin
C19: from Greek khruselephantinos, from khrusos gold + elephas ivory; see elephant
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Word Origin and History for chryselephantine
adj.

"overlaid with gold and ivory," 1816, probably via German, from Latinized form of Greek khryselephantinos, from khrysos "gold" (see chrysalis) + elephantinos "made of ivory," from elephans (genitive elephantos) "elephant; ivory" (see elephant).

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