savanna elephant

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Definition of savanna 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

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Savanna elephant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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