dromedary

Definitions

  • Two dromedary, or Arabian, camels, one standing, the other lying down
    Two dromedary, or Arabian, camels, one standing, the other lying down
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dromedary one-humped camel of the hot deserts of northern Africa and southwestern Asia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The dromedary camel can drink as much as 100 litres of water in just 10 minutes
    • n Dromedary (Zoöl) The Arabian camel (Camelus dromedarius), having one hump or protuberance on the back, in distinction from the Bactrian camel, which has two humps.☞ In Arabia and Egypt the name is restricted to the better breeds of this species of camel. See Deloul.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dromedary A thorough-bred or blooded Arabian camel, of more than ordinary speed and bottom, expressly cultivated and used for riding. The dromedary is not a distinct or natural species, but an improved domestic breed or race, bearing the same relation to an ordinary camel that a race-horse or hunter does to a common horse. Dromedaries are for the most part of the one-humped species, Camelus dromedarius; but the two-humped Bactrian camel may also be improved into a dromedary. See camel.
    • n dromedary Same as dromon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dromedary drum′e-dar-i a thoroughbred one-humped Arabian camel
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. dromadaire, LL. dromedarius, fr. L. dromas,sc. camelus,), fr. Gr. droma`s running, from dramei^n, used as aor. of tre`chein to run; cf. Skr. dram, to run
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. dromedarius—Gr. dromas, dromados, running—dramein, 2 aor. infin. of trechein, to run.

Usage

In literature:

The journey across the desert tract was performed on donkeys, the luggage being carried on camels or dromedaries.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Possibly you take me for a dromedary; but you are wrong.
"Comic History of the United States" by Bill Nye
The maribout stopped his dromedary at the tent of the emir Hadjy, who commanded the caravan.
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
A bridal pageant on the back of dromedaries!
"The Wedding Ring" by T. De Witt Talmage
There are no dromedaries nor camels; nor are horses, asses, or mules met with on Borneo (the former are seen at Sulo).
"The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido" by Henry Keppel
They are called dromedaries, a word that means swift-runner.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
The Dromedary, or Arabian camel, is altogether more widely distributed, and better known to the world.
"Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found" by Mayne Reid
Long rows of dromedaries loaded with luggage were moving stately forward.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 459" by Various
They tied the hands of the unfortunate prince, however, and bound him securely upon a dromedary.
"The Oriental Story Book" by Wilhelm Hauff
Some time afterwards he met in an oasis the Dromedary, who had realised at the turn of the market and was now trying to cover his shorts.
"Humour of the North" by Lawrence J. Burpee
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In poetry:

See that stately dromedary
As it walks along with pride
On its back there's two mosquitoes
Cheek to cheek and side by side.
"Mandalay 1" by Billy Bennett
Mr. Noel Coward
Was disillusioned and soured
By the lukewarm reception of his comedy
Introducing a real dromedary*
*named Ethel
"Clerihew – Noel Coward" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley

In news:

Imagine a combination of a dromedary and a deer.
Todd Griffin and his son, Spencer, of Jonesboro, Ill. Ride a dromedary camel at Lazy L Safari Park .
Dromedaries hang in a street of the northwestern Malian city of Timbuktu on April 11, 2006.
We don't think of Australia as the home of camels , yet in the middle of this vast continent there are over a million feral dromedaries roaming around.
IF YOU were to draw the path of inflation in the typical big, rich economy over the past half century, your picture would look much like a dromedary's back: a low flat line in the 1960s.
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