any of numerous prehistoric proboscideans that evolved into much smaller sizes than their immediate ancestors, which had colonized islands unable to sustain their larger forms: the dwarf elephant fossils found on Mediterranean, Indonesian, and Californian islands provide evidence for the phenomenon of insular dwarfism.
- Compare African pygmy elephant.
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How to use dwarf elephant in a sentence
The dwarf elephant, thirty-five inches high, was brought into the arena in an ordinary trunk.The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair | Charles McCellan Stevens (AKA 'Quondam')
I simply adore them, and I should have liked to have a dwarf elephant.My Double Life | Sarah Bernhardt