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gazelle

[guh-zel] /gəˈzɛl/
noun, plural gazelles (especially collectively) gazelle.
1.
any small antelope of the genus Gazella and allied genera, of Africa and Asia, noted for graceful movements and lustrous eyes.
Origin of gazelle
1575-1585
1575-85; < French; Old French gazel < Arabic ghazāla
Related forms
gazellelike, adjective
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  • They started out, and the gazelle ran along to show them the way.

  • At times Ea was regarded as a gazelle rather than as an antelope.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • Who in the world ever before knew of a gazelle that could speak?

    Zanzibar Tales Various
  • Honain, Honain, the gazelle has broken her chain, and is eating my roses.'

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
  • The swamps of the gazelle River are the happy pasture-grounds of hundreds of wild beasts.

  • The gazelle was started, and on reaching the shore we found the reptile was as dead as he could be.

    Down South Oliver Optic
  • gazelle has also some desire to love me, but it comes and goes like a caprice.

    Some Noble Sisters Edmund Lee
British Dictionary definitions for gazelle

gazelle

/ɡəˈzɛl/
noun (pl) -zelles, -zelle
1.
any small graceful usually fawn-coloured antelope of the genera Gazella and Procapra, of Africa and Asia, such as G. thomsoni (Thomson's gazelle)
Derived Forms
gazelle-like, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Old French, from Arabic ghazāl
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Word Origin and History for gazelle

c.1600, from French gazelle, Old French gazel (14c.), probably via Spanish, ultimately from North African pronunciation of Arabic ghazal.

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