One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small gazelle found on semi-desert plains in North Africa and western Asia.
- ‘While information on dorcas gazelles is limited, they are important to the habitats where they live.’
- ‘The natural predators of dorcas gazelles include cheetahs, which have largely been eliminated throughout the gazelle's range.’
- ‘Numbers of dorcas gazelle and aoudad may have increased since the creation of the reserve, but dama gazelle is declining due to continued military poaching and tourist disturbance.’
- ‘One of the most desert-adapted gazelles, dorcas gazelles may go their entire lives without drinking any water, obtaining all needed moisture from the plants they eat.’
- ‘By midcentury, only 400 dorcas gazelles remained of the herds that had once covered the plains of the Negev.’
Early 19th century: from modern Latin Gazella dorcas (from Greek dorkas ‘gazelle’).
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