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Thomson's gazelle

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Definition of Thomson's gazelle in English:

noun

A light brown gazelle with a dark band along the flanks, living in large herds on the open plains of East Africa.
  • Gazella thomsonii, family Bovidae
Example sentences
  • But when the rains arrived, fresh carpets of zebra, wildebeest and Thomson's gazelles rolled out from the distant hills, transforming the treeless steppes.
  • In eastern Africa, they mostly hunt Thomson's gazelles, but they will also attack calves, warthogs, zebras, impalas, and the young of large antelopes such as the gnu.
  • When the Migration is in the Serengeti, from November to June, there are an estimated 1.5 million wildebeest, 350,000 Thomson's gazelle and 200,000 common zebra.

Origin

late 19th century: named after Joseph Thomson (1858–94), Scottish explorer.

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