The Arabian camel Camelus dromedarius having one hump or protuberance from the back in difference from Bactrian camel that has two humps
- one-humped camel of this hot deserts of northern Africa and southwestern Asia
- The Arabian camel (Camelus dromedarius), having one hump or protuberance in the back, in distinction from Bactrian camel, with two humps.
late 13c., from Old French dromedaire, from belated Latin dromedarius "kind of camel," from Latin dromas (genitive dromados), from Greek dromas kamelos "running camel," from dromos "a race course," from PIE *drem-, from possible base *der- "to run, walk, step" (cognates: Sanskrit dramati "runs, goes," Greek dromas "running," center large German tremen "to rock, shake, sway"). One-humped Arabian camels had been bred and trained for operating. An earlier variation ended up being drumbledairy (1560s).
(n.) The Arabian camel (Camelus dromedarius), having one hump or protuberance on straight back, in distinction through the Bactrian camel, which includes two humps.
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