Definition of gazelle
: any of numerous small to medium graceful and swift African and Asian antelopes (Gazella and related genera)
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The Al Maha Resort is within the boundaries of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, an 87-square-mile slice of the Arabian Desert that is home to oryx, gazelle and wild cats.
Wild populations of Thomson's gazelles, named after a late 19th-century Scottish explorer, have been decreasing in Africa.
There were giraffes, lemurs, monkeys, cheetahs, gazelles, antelope, and hyenas.
Its fauna includes mammals such as Dorcas, gazelles, pale fox, and golden jackals.
More than 400 bird and 100 mammal species call it home, including an annual migration of 1.2 million gazelle and antelope that rivals the running wildebeest of the Serengeti.
Most of the animal bones come from gazelles, but there were also the cut and broken bones of hartebeests, wildebeests, zebras, buffalos, porcupines, hares, tortoises, freshwater mollusks, snakes and ostrich eggs.
When these ancient people lived, the site in Morocco was a cave that might have served as a hunting camp, where people butchered and ate gazelles and other prey.
More than once, the northeast limit of the summer monsoon has moved north, essentially replacing the Sahara with grasslands rich in the kind of wildlife—gazelle, wildebeest, zebra, big cats—whose remains were found in the Irhoud cave.
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Origin and Etymology of gazelle
French, from Middle French, from Arabic ghazāl
First Known Use: 1600See Words from the same year
GAZELLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gazelle for English Language Learners
: a small animal that is a kind of antelope and that is very graceful and fast
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Definition of gazelle for Students
: a swift graceful antelope of Africa and Asia
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