El`e*phan"tine (?), a. [L. elephantinus of ivory, Gr. : cf. F. 'el'ephantin.]

Pertaining to the elephant, or resembling an elephant (commonly, in size); hence, huge; immense; heavy; as, of elephantine proportions; an elephantine step or tread.

Elephantine epoch Geol., the epoch distinguished by the existence of large pachyderms. Mantell. -- Elephantine tortoise Zool., a huge land tortoise; esp., Testudo elephantina, from islands in the Indian Ocean; and T. elephantopus, from the Galapagos Islands.


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