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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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,, "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,, "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,, "Alexander McQueen Documentary Showcases The Rise Of His Tragic Genius," 3 June 2018 Are there any gazelles left in this desolate savannah? Michael Levenson,, "In a new book, Chessy Prout says culture at St. Paul’s School allowed sexual assault," 6 Mar. 2018 Kate — sleek, svelte, gazelle-limbed — was on every magazine cover. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "What the difference between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle says about how we conceive of the “ideal woman”," 18 May 2018 And in southern Malawi, on a recent overcast morning, Craig Reid dragged the carcass of a gazelle across a grassy enclosure in Liwonde National Park, north of Majete. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "A 21st-century Noah’s ark transports animals back to places where they’ve been wiped out.," 18 May 2018 Look at that, as graceful as a gazelle fleeing from a cheetah. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Watching the Racist Lawyer Who Threatened to Call ICE on Spanish Speakers Run Away From Reporters Is My New Favorite Thing Ever," 18 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of gazelle

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


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Kids Definition of gazelle

: a swift graceful antelope of Africa and Asia

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