[drom-i-der-ee, druhm-]
noun, plural dromedaries.
the single-humped camel, Camelus dromedarius, of Arabia and northern Africa.
Compare Bactrian camel.

1300–50; Middle English dromedarie, -ary (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin dromedārius (camēlus) < Greek dromad- (stem of dromás) running + Latin -ārius -ary

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dromedary (ˈdrʌmədərɪ, -drɪ, ˈdrɒm-)
n , pl -daries
1.  a type of Arabian camel bred for racing and riding, having a single hump and long slender legs
2.  another name for Arabian camel
[C14: from Late Latin dromedārius (camēlus), from Greek dromas running]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. dromadaire, from L.L. dromedarius "kind of camel," from L. dromas (gen. dromados), from Gk. dromas kamelos "running camel," from dromos "a race course," from PIE *drem-, from possible base *der- "to run, walk, step" (cf. Skt. dramati "runs, goes," Gk. dromas "running," M.H.G. tremen
"to rock, shake, sway"). One-humped Arabian camels were bred and trained for riding. A charming early variant was drumbledairy (1560s).
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Dromedary definition

(Isa. 60:6), an African or Arabian species of camel having only one hump, while the Bactrian camel has two. It is distinguished from the camel only as a trained saddle-horse is distinguished from a cart-horse. It is remarkable for its speed (Jer. 2:23). Camels are frequently spoken of in partriarchal times (Gen. 12:16; 24:10; 30:43; 31:17, etc.). They were used for carrying burdens (Gen. 37:25; Judg. 6:5), and for riding (Gen. 24:64). The hair of the camel falls off of itself in spring, and is woven into coarse cloths and garments (Matt. 3:4). (See CAMEL.)

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