pygmy elephant


Definition of pygmy elephant

1 : a small African elephant that has been considered a separate species (Loxodonta pumilio) but is now typically considered a variant of the elephant which inhabits rain forests of central and western Africa
2 : a small Asian elephant (Elaphus maximus borneensis) of northern Borneo

First Known Use of pygmy elephant

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pygmy elephant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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