forest elephant

noun

Definition of forest elephant

: an African elephant of central and western rain forests that is sometimes considered a species (Loxodonta cyclotis) or subspecies (Loxodonta africana cyclotis) distinct from the savanna elephant Africa's reclusive forest elephants and the herds that trundle across its savannas are as genetically distinct as leopards are from lions, and thus should be reclassified as separate species, geneticists say.— Andrew C. Revkin, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2001

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First Known Use of forest elephant

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forest elephant was in 1911

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“Forest elephant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forest%20elephant. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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