- the single-humped camel, Camelus dromedarius, of Arabia and northern Africa.
Origin of dromedary
Examples from the Web for dromedary
By pulling this to one side or the other the dromedary may be turned in any direction.
Shah Sevar sits erect on his dromedary and leads the assault.
The One-Hump camel is called an Arabian camel, or a dromedary.The Wonders of the Jungle
Prince Sarath Ghosh
"That's the boy who called me a dromedary," said Hibbert, as they turned away.The Hero of Garside School
J. Harwood Panting
There, on the dromedary, is the emperor's great warrior who commands the Romans in Pharan.Homo Sum, Complete
- a type of Arabian camel bred for racing and riding, having a single hump and long slender legs
- another name for Arabian camel
Word Origin and History for dromedary
late 13c., from Old French dromedaire, from Late 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" (cf. Sanskrit dramati "runs, goes," Greek dromas "running," Middle High German tremen "to rock, shake, sway"). One-humped Arabian camels were bred and trained for riding. An early variant was drumbledairy (1560s).