drom·​e·​dary | \ ˈdrä-mə-ˌder-ē How to pronounce dromedary (audio) also ˈdrə-, -ˌde-rē \
plural dromedaries

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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Recent Examples on the Web Ancestors of the dromedary and Bactrian varieties familiar today migrated across the Bering Land Bridge, while predecessors of llamas and alpacas moved to South America. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Feb. 2022 Some involve familiar names believed to be sources or intermediaries in previous coronavirus outbreaks, such as horseshoe bats, palm civets, dromedary camels and pangolins. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2021 The single-humped dromedaries are indeed not native to the island nation, and their ability to adapt and grow their population in the arid landscape has been causing problems. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, 17 Jan. 2020 In most of the world, camels come in two types: two-humped Bactrian and one-humped dromedary. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2019 The most common hybrid is achieved by mating a Bactrian male, with its two distinct humps and a pronounced dip between them, with a female dromedary. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2019 In another breakthrough in crossbreeding, in the 1990s scientists bred a llama — a relative of the camel — and a dromedary, resulting in a beast called the cama. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2019 Greek, Turkish, and Arab camel drivers from the Eastern Mediterranean who have arrived in America with a boatload of dromedaries, which are the first of their kind to set foot on the continent since their progenitors died out in the last Ice Age. Francisco Cantú, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2019 Code enforcement officials were unaware a neighbor had camels until a broadcast report showed a grainy photo of the dromedaries on the 13-acre estate. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, 12 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of dromedary

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Dromedary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dromedary. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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drom·​e·​dary | \ ˈdrä-mə-ˌder-ē How to pronounce dromedary (audio) \
plural dromedaries

Kids Definition of dromedary

: the camel of western Asia and northern Africa that has only one hump

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