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Elephantine (ĕl´əfăntī´nē), island, SE Egypt, in the Nile below the First Cataract, near Aswan. In ancient times it was a military post guarding the southern frontier of Egypt. The Elephantine papyruses, which date from the 5th cent. BC and describe a colony of Jewish mercenaries, were found there. Surviving ruins are extensive. The ancient nilometer, built to gauge the water level of the Nile, was restored in 1870.

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Elephantiné. City situated on an island in the Nile river. Elephantiné was the site of the discovery of a collection of papyri written in Aramaic dating back to the 5th cent. BCE. They include legal documents, fragments of the Book of Ahikar and letters. Two goddesses seem to have been worshipped there as well as the Hebrew God.

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el·e·phan·tine / ˌeləˈfantēn; -ˌtīn; ˈeləfənˌtēn; -ˌtīn/ • adj. of, resembling, or characteristic of an elephant or elephants, esp. in being large, clumsy, or awkward: there was an elephantine thud from the bathroom.

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