[ drom-i-der-ee, druhm- ]

noun,plural drom·e·dar·ies.
  1. the single-humped camel, Camelus dromedarius, of Arabia and northern Africa.

Origin of dromedary

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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How to use dromedary in a sentence

  • It is said that these persons performed in eleven days, upon dromedaries, a journey of 30 or 40 days, and executed their business.

  • Long rows of dromedaries loaded with luggage were moving stately forward.

  • Of the two dromedaries which I had obtained for this journey, I mounted one myself, and put Dthemetri on the other.

    Eothen | A. W. Kinglake
  • They found the Masdakite at Nesptah's inn with some capital dromedaries and the necessary drivers and attendants.

  • Then came unclean wagers; they buried their heads in the amphoras and drank on without interruption, like thirsty dromedaries.

    Salammbo | Gustave Flaubert

British Dictionary definitions for dromedary


/ (ˈdrʌmədərɪ, -drɪ, ˈdrɒm-) /

nounplural -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

Origin of dromedary

C14: from Late Latin dromedārius (camēlus), from Greek dromas running

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