elephantine vs jumbo what difference

what is difference between elephantine and jumbo

English

Etymology

From Latin elephantīnus.

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ɛl.ə.ˈfæn.tin/, /ɛl.ə.ˈfæn.tɪn/, /ɛl.ə.ˈfæn.taɪn/

Adjective

elephantine (comparative more elephantine, superlative most elephantine)

  1. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of elephants.
    • 1989, H. T. Willetts (translator), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (author), August 1914, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, →ISBN, page 179:
      This last summer Hanecki had captured Lenin’s imagination with his plans to found a trading company of his own in Europe, or take a partnership in some existing firm and make guaranteed monthly remittances to the Party out of his profits. This was not a Russian pipe dream: every move had been worked out with impressive precision. Kuba hadn’t thought of it himself, it was the brainchild of the elephantine genius Parvus, who had been writing to him from Constantinople. Parvus, once as poor as any other Social Democrat, had gone to Turkey to organize strikes, and now wrote frankly that he had all the money he needed (if rumor was right, he was fabulously wealthy) and that the time had come for the Party too to get rich.
  2. Very large.

Synonyms

  • (of or relating to elephants): elephantic, elephantlike
  • (very large): See also Thesaurus:gigantic

Derived terms

  • elephantine epoch
  • elephantine leprosy
  • elephantine tortoise

Translations

References


Latin

Adjective

elephantine

  1. vocative masculine singular of elephantinus


English

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒʌmbəʊ/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒʌmboʊ/
  • Rhymes: -ʌmbəʊ
  • Hyphenation: jum‧bo

Etymology 1

From Jumbo (1860–1885), the name given to a large African elephant from East Africa that was purchased in 1882 by American showman P. T. Barnum (1810–1891) for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Compare Swahili jambo (matter, thing) and jumbe (chief, headman).

Adjective

jumbo (not comparable)

  1. Especially large or powerful.
Derived terms
Translations

Noun

jumbo (plural jumbos)

  1. An especially large or powerful person, animal, or thing.
  2. (engineering) A platform-mounted machine for drilling rock.
    Synonym: drilling jumbo
Translations
See also
  • Jumbomania

Etymology 2

From (mumbo) jumbo.

Noun

jumbo (plural jumbos)

  1. (paganism, historical) Short for mumbo jumbo (a deity or other supernatural being worshipped by certain West African peoples; an idol representing such a being).

Further reading

  • drilling jumbo on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Jumbo (elephant) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • jumbo (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Finnish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈjumbo/, [ˈjumbo̞]
  • Rhymes: -umbo
  • Syllabification: jum‧bo

Etymology 1


After the circus elephant of the same name, as elephants are considered slow. A similar expression is found in Swedish jumbo. For the origin of the name, see English jumbo.

Noun

jumbo (not comparable)

  1. (informal) last, last one, especially in a competition
Declension

Synonyms

  • viimeinen

Compounds

  • jumbofinaali
  • jumbosija

Etymology 2


From English jumbo, from the same origin as above.

Noun

jumbo

  1. jumbo jet
  2. Short for porausjumbo (drilling jumbo).
  3. (as modifier) very large
Declension
Synonyms
  • (jumbojet): jumbojetti

Compounds

  • jumbojetti
  • jumbokoko
  • jumbokokoinen

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From English jumbo (“An especially large or powerful person, animal or thing”).

Noun

jumbo m (definite singular jumboen, indefinite plural jumboer, definite plural jumboene)

  1. a person or team that finishes last (in competitions)

Derived terms

  • jumboplass

References

  • “jumbo” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
  • “jumbo” in Det Norske Akademis ordbok (NAOB).

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From English jumbo (“An especially large or powerful person, animal or thing”).

Noun

jumbo m (definite singular jumboen, indefinite plural jumboar, definite plural jumboane)

  1. a person or team that finishes last (in competitions)

Derived terms

  • jumboplass

References

  • “jumbo” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

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