drom·​e·​dary | \ˈdrä-mə-ˌder-ē 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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Traffic speeds east and west three or four lanes wide beside the narrowest of shoulders, while on abutting sidewalks, pedestrians are encountered as rarely as dromedaries trudging across empty stretches of Sahara. Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, "Fly On, My Sleek Electric Bird," 30 May 2018 The camels, one-humped dromedaries, used in these races can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour along designated tracks. National Geographic, "See the Ancient Tradition of Camel Racing From Above," 11 May 2018 One of the rounds struck the one-humped dromedary above the eye, said Robert Ringo, who runs the center. Samantha Matsumoto, OregonLive.com, "Lottery results: Winning numbers drawn for Lucky Lines, Megabucks and Win for Life," 10 July 2017 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. National Geographic, "150-year-old Diorama Surprises Scientists With Human Remains," 29 Jan. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of dromedary

: a camel of western Asia and northern Africa that has one hump on its back


drom·​e·​dary | \ˈdrä-mə-ˌder-ē \
plural dromedaries

Kids Definition of dromedary

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

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