dromedary [drom-i-der-ee, druhm-] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun, plural drom·e·dar·ies. the single-humped camel, Camelus dromedarius, of Arabia and northern Africa.
Compare. Origin of dromedary 1300–50; Middle English dromedarie, -ary (Anglo-French) Late Latin dromedārius (camēlus) Greek dromad- (stem of dromás) running + Latin -ārius Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for dromedary Historical Examples of dromedary
By pulling this to one side or the other the dromedary may be turned in any direction.
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Shah Sevar sits erect on his dromedary and leads the assault.
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The One-Hump camel is called an Arabian camel, or a dromedary.
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“That’s the boy who called me a dromedary,” said Hibbert, as they turned away.
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There, on the dromedary, is the emperor’s great warrior who commands the Romans in Pharan.
British Dictionary definitions for dromedary dromedary noun plural -daries a type of Arabian camel bred for racing and riding, having a single hump and long slender legs another name forWord Origin for dromedary C14: from Late Latin dromedārius (camēlus), from Greek dromas running Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for dromedary n.
late 13c., from Old French dromedaire, from Late Latin dromedarius “kind of camel,” from Latin dromas (genitive dromados), from Greek dromas kamelos “running camel,” from dromos “a race course,” from PIE *drem-, from possible base *der- “to run, walk, step” (cf. Sanskrit dramati “runs, goes,” Greek dromas “running,” Middle High German tremen “to rock, shake, sway”). One-humped Arabian camels were bred and trained for riding. An early variant was drumbledairy (1560s).
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