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ariel1

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛːrɪəl
 
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noun

A gazelle found in the Middle East and North Africa.
Example sentences
  • Within the desert reside the light-brown, familiar gazelle known as the Dorcas, or Ariel Gazelle.
  • The dorcas or ariel gazelle is less than 60 centimetres tall.
  • We halted at Soojalup for the night: here for the first time I saw the beautiful antelope known by the Arabs as the Ariel (Gazelle Dama).

Origin

mid 19th century: from Arabic ‘aryal.

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Ariel2

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛːrɪəl
 
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1 Astronomy A satellite of Uranus discovered in 1851, the twelfth closest to the planet and the fourth largest (diameter 1,160 km).
2A series of six American and British satellites devoted to studies of the ionosphere and X-ray astronomy (1962–79).

Origin

the name of a fairy in Shakespeare's The Tempest.

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