Definition of African elephant

1. Noun. An elephant native to Africa having enormous flapping ears and ivory tusks.

Exact synonyms: Loxodonta Africana
Generic synonyms: Elephant
Group relationships: Genus Loxodonta, Loxodonta

Definition of African elephant

1. Noun. Either of two species of elephant, ''Loxodonta africana'' or ''Loxodonta cyclotis'', found in Africa. ¹

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African anteaters
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African buffalos
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African clawed frogs
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African crakes
African crocodile
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African elephant (current term)
African elephants
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African green monkey
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Literary usage of African elephant

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1. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"The African elephant is a very different animal from ¡is Asiatic cousin, both as regards structure and habits; and were it not for the existence of ..."

2. African Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American by Theodore Roosevelt (1910)
"The African elephant has never, like his Indian kinsman, been trained to man's ... Up to the present time the African elephant has yielded only his ivory as ..."

3. The Polar and Tropical Worlds: A Description of Man and Nature in the Polar by Georg Hartwig (1872)
"... or Solitary Elephant—The Asiatic and African Species—The African elephant tamed in Ancient Times— Present Range of the African elephant—Native Modes of ..."

4. The Illustrated Natural History by John George Wood (1865)
"This species is not so readily killed by a single ball as is its Asiatic relative, but instances are not wanting where an African elephant has been slain by ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"The African elephant ranges over the whole of Africa south of tKe Sahara, ... The African elephant was in ancient times domesticated by the Carthaginians, ..."

6. Science from an Easy Chair: A Second Series by Edwin Ray Lankester (1913)
"The African elephant (as may be seen by comparing the small one now living in Regent's Park with its neighbours) has a sloping forehead graduating into the ..."

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