ga·​zelle | \ gə-ˈzel How to pronounce gazelle (audio) \
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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Recent Examples on the Web The African connection is also made by a few mash-ups that are half human, half gazelle. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Cutting, pasting and creating dazzling order out of chaos," 27 Nov. 2020 Demarshay Johnson is a 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward who is freakishly athletic, runs the floor like a gazelle, has good hands and court sense for his size, blocks shots with uncanny timing, and can step out and make a jumper. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs land commitment from 6-9 basketball recruit from Oakland area," 10 Nov. 2020 Wiseman runs the floor like a gazelle, blocks shots with authority, and has intriguing potential with his lefty shot. Bruce Jenkins,, "NBA draft 2020: Why Warriors should take James Wiseman with No. 2 pick," 21 Aug. 2020 Conservationists worked to increase populations of cheetah prey like the Indian antelope and Indian gazelle. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "After Decades-Long Battle, Cheetahs Can Be Reintroduced in India," 28 Jan. 2020 Fortunately no one resembles a tasty gazelle antelope, which cheetahs — who rule as Earth’s fastest mammals — race down, viciously bite in the neck to suffocate and bloodily disembowel to devour. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Have a wild time on a Serengeti safari," 13 Apr. 2020 In caves and rock shelters around the Levant, archaeologists keep finding gazelle scapulae (shoulder blades) marked with a series of regular notches. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Early Middle-Eastern culture had a thing for gazelle scapula," 1 May 2018 One morning, her group spied a cheetah in low grass, enjoying a breakfast of baby gazelle while the rest of the herd watched. Peter Terzian, Travel + Leisure, "In Kenya, an Epic Photographic Safari Through Some of Africa's Most Dramatic Landscapes," 18 Apr. 2020 The iconic wildlife of the African savanna—zebras, gazelles, and other grazers—has for decades been under pressure from some unnatural rivals. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Rootin’, poopin’ African elephants help keep soil fertile," 1 Apr. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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


ga·​zelle | \ gə-ˈzel How to pronounce gazelle (audio) \

Kids Definition of gazelle

: a swift graceful antelope of Africa and Asia

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