from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The one-humped domesticated camel (Camelus dromedarius), widely used as a beast of burden in northern Africa and western Asia. Also called Arabian camel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Camelus dromedarius, the single-humped camel.
  • n. Any swift riding camel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The Arabian camel (Camelus dromedarius), having one hump or protuberance on the back, in distinction from the Bactrian camel, which has two humps.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thorough-bred or blooded Arabian camel, of more than ordinary speed and bottom, expressly cultivated and used for riding.
  • n. Same as dromon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one-humped camel of the hot deserts of northern Africa and southwestern Asia


Middle English dromedarie, from Old French dromedaire, from Late Latin dromedārius, from Latin dromas, dromad-, from Greek, running.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French dromadaire from Late Latin dromedarius "kind of camel" from Latin dromas (genitive dromadis), from Greek δρομάς κάμηλος dromas kamelos "running camel" from δρόμος dromos "a race course. (Wiktionary)



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