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dwarf elephant

[ dwawrf-el-uh-fuhnt ]
/ ˈdwɔrf ˌɛl ə fənt /
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noun

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.

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Origin of dwarf elephant

First recorded in 1865–70

historical usage of dwarf elephant

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