gazelle

noun

ga·​zelle gə-ˈzel How to pronounce gazelle (audio)
plural gazelles also gazelle
: any of numerous small to medium graceful and swift African and Asian antelopes (Gazella and related genera)

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Examples of gazelle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Throughout the animal kingdom, from tiny gnats to fish, birds, gazelles, even primates like us, creatures tend to organize into large moving patterns that pursue a seemingly spontaneous collective goal. Quanta Magazine, 28 Mar. 2024 Question 8 of 10 Dama gazelles have pretty cool headgear. Lee Powell, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 And animals as wild and wide-ranging as monkeys, crocodiles, and gazelles played a part in the pet culture of ancient Egypt. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 11 Jan. 2024 How so? Dama gazelle, or addra gazelle Sahel is a shy dama gazelle. Lee Powell, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 Very Troubled Child has also come out with Wes Anderson–inspired luggage that's part of its Savanna collection, featuring tanned luggage, iPad cases, and wallets with gazelles, lions, and warthogs embroidered on them. Paris Wilson, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 Sep. 2023 There’s no room to pity the gazelles who must tiptoe around him. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 2 Dec. 2023 Habitat loss has pushed the dama gazelle to the fringes of the sub-Saharan desert. Lee Powell, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 The study team had first thought nomadic hunters moved between distant kites with the migrations of herds of gazelles and antelopes. Tom Metcalfe, Scientific American, 17 May 2023

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Word History

Etymology

French, from Middle French, from Arabic ghazāl

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gazelle was in 1600

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“Gazelle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gazelle. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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gazelle

noun
ga·​zelle gə-ˈzel How to pronounce gazelle (audio)
plural gazelles also gazelle
: any of numerous small graceful swift antelopes of Africa and Asia

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