dorcas gazelle

dor·​cas gazelle | \ ˈdȯrkəs- \

Definition of dorcas gazelle

: a common gazelle (Gazella dorcas) of northern Africa and parts of southwestern Asia

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History and Etymology for dorcas gazelle

New Latin dorcas (specific epithet of Gazella dorcas), from Latin, gazelle, from Greek dorkas, dorkos, dorx, alteration of zorkas, zorx gazelle, deer; akin to Welsh iwrch roebuck, Cornish yorch, Breton yourc'h

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“Dorcas gazelle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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