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Definition of ELEPHANTINE

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Elephantine \El`e*phan"tine\, a. [L. elephantinus of ivory, Gr.
     ?: cf. F. ['e]l['e]phantin.]
     Pertaining to the elephant, or resembling an elephant (commonly, in size); hence, huge; immense; heavy; as, of elephantine proportions; an elephantine step or tread. [1913 Webster]

     {Elephantine epoch} (Geol.), the epoch distinguished by the existence of large pachyderms. --Mantell.

     {Elephantine tortoise} (Zo["o]l.), a huge land tortoise; esp., {Testudo elephantina}, from islands in the Indian Ocean; and {T. elephantopus}, from the Galapagos Islands. Elephantoid

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

elephantine
   adj.

      Used of programs or systems that are both conspicuous {hog}s (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}.


The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

118 Moby Thesaurus words for "elephantine": Atlantean, Brobdingnagian, Cyclopean, Gargantuan, Herculean, Homeric, Latinate, abysmal, arid, astronomic, awkward, barren, blah, blank, bloodless, bombastic, bulky, characterless, clumsy, cold, colorless, colossal, cramped, cumbersome, cumbrous, dead, dismal, draggy, drearisome, dreary, dry, dryasdust, dull, dusty, effete, elephantlike, empty, enormous, epic, etiolated, fade, flat, forced, formal, gargantuan, giant, giantlike, gigantic, graceless, guinde, halting, heavy, heavy-handed, heroic, ho-hum, hollow, huge, hulking, hulky, immense, inane, inexcitable, infinite, inkhorn, insipid, jejune, jumbo, labored, leaden, lifeless, low-spirited, lubberly, lumbering, lumpish, lumpy, maladroit, mammoth, massive, massy, mighty, monster, monstrous, monumental, mountainous, pale, pallid, pedestrian, plodding, pointless, poky, pompous, ponderous, prodigious, profound, sesquipedalian, slow, solemn, spiritless, sterile, stiff, stilted, stodgy, stuffy, stupendous, superficial, tasteless, tedious, titanic, towering, tremendous, turgid, ungraceful, uninspired, unlively, unwieldy, vapid, vast, wooden


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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