|1.||any large extinct elephant of the Pleistocene genus Mammuthus (or Elephas), such as M. primigenius (woolly mammoth), having a hairy coat and long curved tusks|
|2.||of gigantic size or importance|
|[C18: from Russian mamot, from Tatar mamont, perhaps from mamma earth, because of a belief that the animal made burrows]|
|mammoth (mām'əth) Pronunciation Key
Any of various extinct elephants of the genus Mammuthus, having long, upwardly curving tusks and thick hair. Mammoths grew to great size and lived throughout the Northern Hemisphere during the Ice Age.