from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A one-humped domesticated camel (Camelus dromedarius), widely used as a beast of burden in desert regions from northern Africa to western Asia.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Middle English dromedarie, from Old French dromedaire, from Late Latin dromedārius, from Latin dromas, dromad-, from Greek, running.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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  • Remember kids, a 'D' has one hump in it, just like a dromedary!

    December 20, 2006

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    May 18, 2007

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    May 19, 2007

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    September 17, 2007

  • The Dromedary is a cheerful bird:

    I cannot say the same about the Kurd.

    (Hilaire Belloc)

    January 1, 2008