Definition of dromedary
: the one-humped camel (Camelus dromedarius) currently existing only as a domestic or feral animal … it was only the introduction of the dromedary to North Africa about the second century A.D. that made feasible in terms of costs and risks regular caravan trade from one rim of the Western Sahara to the other. — Ross E. Dunn
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One of the rounds struck the one-humped dromedary above the eye, said Robert Ringo, who runs the center.
At the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, during restoration work on diorama figures of lions, a dromedary, and its turbaned rider, a CT scan of the rider’s head revealed a human skull complete with actual teeth.
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Origin and Etymology of dromedary
Middle English dromedarie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin dromedarius, from Latin dromad-, dromas, from Greek, running; akin to Greek dramein to run, dromos racecourse, Sanskrit dramati he runs about
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
DROMEDARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dromedary for English Language Learners
: a camel of western Asia and northern Africa that has one hump on its back
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Definition of dromedary for Students
: the camel of western Asia and northern Africa that has only one hump
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