desert elephant

[ dez-ert el-uh-fuhnt ]
/ ˈdɛz ərt ˌɛl ə fənt /

noun

an African bush elephant that inhabits the Namib and Sahara deserts, formerly classified as a subspecies but now identified fully with the Loxodonta africana species: the principal difference between desert elephants and other African bush elephants is habitat.

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Origin of desert elephant

First recorded in 1850–55
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