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In North Africa and the Middle East: a dromedary, used for riding and racing.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas Shaw (1694–1751), traveller. From French méhari dromedary from Arabic mahrī (also with regional pronunciation mehrī; plural mahārā, mahārī), use as noun of mahrī (adjective) of or relating to Mahra, a tribal region of southern Arabia famed for its highly prized camels.
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