Definition of dromedary in English:


Syllabification: drom·e·dar·y
Pronunciation: /ˈdräməˌderē

noun (plural dromedaries)

  • An Arabian one-humped camel, especially one of a light and swift breed trained for riding or racing.
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    • The finds suggest that the massive dromedary - or single-humped camel - was hunted by prehistoric people, the researchers add.
    • They are thought to share a common ancestor with the camels and dromedaries of Africa and Asia.
    • One, found in northern Africa and central Asia, consists of the dromedary (one-humped camel) and bactrian camels (two-humped camel).


Middle English: from Old French dromedaire or late Latin dromedarius (camelus) 'swift camel', based on Greek dromas, dromad- 'runner'.

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