What does the word elephantine mean?

Usage examples for elephantine

  1. With her came Grandma Hopkins, whose name was the only nimble thing about her;- ponderous and elephantine, she had once, in calling upon a fragile little old lady, stumbled in the doorway and fallen upon her hostess, whose brittle bones had snapped under the strain. – The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted by Katharine Ellis Barrett
  2. There was nothing and no one to hinder him from giving free course to his inclinations, and the nobles and priests were too well trained in obedience to venture to censure anything he might do, even were it to result in putting the whole population into motion, from Elephantine to the sea- coast, to prepare for the intruded deity a dwelling which should eclipse in magnificence the splendour of the great temple. – History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 5 (of 12) by G. Maspero