savanna elephant

noun

variants or savannah elephant
: an African elephant of sub-Saharan savannas that is sometimes considered a species (Loxodonta africana) or subspecies (Loxodonta africana africana) distinct from the forest elephant
Biologists know a great deal about the savanna elephant, the world's largest land mammal, which is easy to spot and easy to monitor. But the forest elephants … are smaller, more elusive creatures.Peter Canby, Harper's, July 2002

Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of savanna elephant was in 1940

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“Savanna elephant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/savanna%20elephant. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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