One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A gazelle found in the Middle East and North Africa.
Genus Gazella, family Bovidae: possibly the mountain gazelle (G. gazella) or the dorcas gazelle (G. dorcas)
- ‘The dorcas or ariel gazelle is less than 60 centimetres tall.’
- ‘Within the desert reside the light-brown, familiar gazelle known as the Dorcas, or Ariel Gazelle.’
- ‘We halted at Soojalup for the night: here for the first time I saw the beautiful antelope known by the Arabs as the Ariel (Gazelle Dama).’
Mid 19th century: from Arabic ‘aryal.
A satellite of Uranus discovered in 1851, the twelfth closest to the planet and the fourth largest (diameter 1,160 km).
2A series of six American and British satellites devoted to studies of the ionosphere and X-ray astronomy (1962-79).
The name of a fairy in Shakespeare's The Tempest.
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