African bush elephant

or bush el·e·phant

[ af-ri-kuhn boosh-el-uh-fuhnt ]
/ ˈæf rɪ kən ˈbʊʃ ˌɛl ə fənt /

noun

the African elephant species Loxodonta africana, the world’s largest and heaviest land animal, found in herds throughout various environments of sub-Saharan Africa, and noted for its long, upward-curving tusks, characteristically different from the straighter, more downward-pointing tusks of the African forest elephant: due mostly to poaching, the African bush elephant’s conservation status is vulnerable.

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Also called Af·ri·can sa·van·nah el·e·phant .
See also desert elephant.

Origin of African bush elephant

First recorded in 1935–40
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