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dorcas gazelle

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɔːkəs
 
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Definition of dorcas gazelle in English:

noun

A small gazelle found on semi-desert plains in North Africa and western Asia.
  • Gazella dorcas, family Bovidae
Example sentences
  • While information on dorcas gazelles is limited, they are important to the habitats where they live.
  • The natural predators of dorcas gazelles include cheetahs, which have largely been eliminated throughout the gazelle's range.
  • Numbers of dorcas gazelle and aoudad may have increased since the creation of the reserve, but dama gazelle is declining due to continued military poaching and tourist disturbance.

Origin

early 19th century: from modern Latin Gazella dorcas (from Greek dorkas 'gazelle').

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