gazelle

noun
ga·​zelle | \gə-ˈzel \
plural gazelles also gazelle

Definition of gazelle 

: any of numerous small to medium graceful and swift African and Asian antelopes (Gazella and related genera)

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Five foot three and compact as a gazelle, Anikeeva is a marathon runner, a rock climber, and one heck of a scientist. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 The estate is a refuge for more than 450 elephants and 4,000 buffalo, as well as zebras, cheetahs, leopards, lions, gazelles, and antelope. Allyn Stewart, Town & Country, "How Kuki Gallmann Became One of Kenya's Great Protectors," 24 Apr. 2017 Early one recent morning, a motorcycle pulled up outside a temple in the northwestern Indian desert and deposited a 6-month-old gazelle that appeared to have been attacked by a feral dog and was bleeding from the mouth. Shashank Bengali, latimes.com, "This nature-loving sect in India dragged one of the world's biggest movie stars to court — and won," 17 May 2018 So another effort at South Africa's Welgevonden Game Reserve has tried a different sort of IoT approach, tracking the behavior of other herd animals (such as zebras, impalas and gazelles). Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "We know you hate the Internet of Things, but it’s saving megafauna from poachers," 6 June 2018 The gazelle, of course, runs and runs and runs, but always gets eaten. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Alexander McQueen Documentary Showcases The Rise Of His Tragic Genius," 3 June 2018 Inside the open-air temple, dozens of the gazelles, known as chinkaras, and a long-horned blackbuck antelope ambled around a sandy enclosure, all having been brought there for care after being wounded or orphaned. Shashank Bengali, latimes.com, "This nature-loving sect in India dragged one of the world's biggest movie stars to court — and won," 17 May 2018 McQueen talks sadly about feeling like fashion’s gazelle. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Alexander McQueen Documentary Showcases The Rise Of His Tragic Genius," 3 June 2018 Are there any gazelles left in this desolate savannah? Michael Levenson, BostonGlobe.com, "In a new book, Chessy Prout says culture at St. Paul’s School allowed sexual assault," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of gazelle

1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gazelle

French, from Middle French, from Arabic ghazāl

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gazelle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gazelle

: a small animal that is a kind of antelope and that is very graceful and fast

gazelle

noun
ga·​zelle | \gə-ˈzel \

Kids Definition of gazelle

: a swift graceful antelope of Africa and Asia

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