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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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  • Then south-eastwards to Teereh; near which we started a gazelle across the fields.

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

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • He answered that he would; and whilst we were waiting, behold, a gazelle got into the net.

    A Boswell of Baghdad E. V. Lucas
  • Her beauty was magnificently evil; she had the grace of a gazelle and the eyes of a sorceress.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • Honain, Honain, the gazelle has broken her chain, and is eating my roses.'

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
  • "God be praised in the gazelle of the desert," said Palemon.

    Thais Anatole France
  • The “lines and anchors” were, Posh thinks, lost from his old punt the gazelle.

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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