Lloyd Grove on the elephantine cleanup challenges of having an unruly collection of egomaniacs as backers.
In vain the elephantine president brandished his bell and pounded on the table.
The coming of the waters from elephantine brought life to the earth.
Altogether he was an unwholesome, disagreeable-looking brute, who munched his grass morosely and had no elephantine geniality.
I knew you would, but it's a treat to see your elephantine struggles.
I have built thee temples of stone, I bring obelisks from elephantine, and cause the everlasting stones to be carried down.
"I should imagine they must be elephantine ants," remarked Harry.
elephantine, like Assuan at the present day, was the centre of a flourishing trade.
The fact that there was a temple at elephantine at all is new and startling.
He had not seen them; but when the gun fell silent he heard whining sounds in the air, as if from a litter of elephantine puppies.
Used of programs or systems that are both conspicuous hogs (owing perhaps to poor design founded on brute force and ignorance) and exceedingly hairy in source form. An elephantine program may be functional and even friendly, but (as in the old joke about being in bed with an elephant) it's tough to have around all the same (and, like a pachyderm, difficult to maintain). In extreme cases, hackers have been known to make trumpeting sounds or perform expressive proboscatory mime at the mention of the offending program. Usage: semi-humorous. Compare "has the elephant nature" and the somewhat more pejorative monstrosity. See also second-system effect and baroque.