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dama gazelle

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɑːmə
 
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Definition of dama gazelle in English:

noun

A large long-legged gazelle with a mainly whitish coat, native to the southern and western Sahara (where it is now very rare). Also called addra gazelle.
  • Gazella dama, family Bovidae
Example sentences
  • Farther north in Africa, the dama gazelle of the Sahara region has suffered an 80 percent decline in the past decade because of uncontrolled hunting.
  • The dama gazelle is highly drought resistant - most of its water is obtained from its plant food.
  • Like most desert species, the dama gazelle is highly nomadic, ranging widely in order to obtain sufficient nutrition.

Origin

modern Latin dama 'fallow deer' (the specific epithet of its Latin name).

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