chryselephantine [kris-el-uh-fan-tin, -tahyn] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. made of or overlaid with gold and ivory, as certain objects made in ancient Greece.

Origin of chryselephantine 1820–30; Greek chrȳselephántinos, equivalent to chrȳs- chrys- + elephántinos (elephant-, stem of eléphās elephant, ivory + -inos -ine1 Examples from the Web for chryselephantine Historical Examples of chryselephantine

  • Their hair is short and curls at the back of their heads like the hair of the chryselephantine Hermes.


    Hilda Doolittle

  • The great statue of Athene by Phidias was of this “Chryselephantine” work.

    The Expositor’s Bible: The First Book of Kings

    F. W. Farrar

  • The chryselephantine statue of Zeus at Olympia was his work.

    The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4

    Lucian of Samosata

  • The cella or naos was built to enshrine the chryselephantine statue of Athena by Pheidias.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4


  • Chryselephantine, kris-el-e-fan′tin, adj. noting the art of making statues jointly of gold and ivory.

    Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • British Dictionary definitions for chryselephantine chryselephantine adjective

    1. (of ancient Greek statues) made of or overlaid with gold and ivory

    Word Origin for chryselephantine C19: from Greek khruselephantinos, from khrusos gold + elephas ivory; see elephant Word Origin and History for chryselephantine adj.

    “overlaid with gold and ivory,” 1816, probably via German, from Latinized form of Greek khryselephantinos, from khrysos “gold” (see chrysalis) + elephantinos “made of ivory,” from elephans (genitive elephantos) “elephant; ivory” (see elephant).

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