Meaning of dama gazelle in English:

dama gazelle

Pronunciation /ˈdɑːmə/


  • A large long-legged gazelle with a mainly whitish coat, native to the southern and western Sahara (where it is now very rare).

    Also called addra gazelle

    Gazella dama, family Bovidae

    ‘Farther north in Africa, the dama gazelle of the Sahara region has suffered an 80 percent decline in the past decade because of uncontrolled hunting.’
    • ‘The dama gazelle is highly drought resistant - most of its water is obtained from its plant food.’
    • ‘Like most desert species, the dama gazelle is highly nomadic, ranging widely in order to obtain sufficient nutrition.’
    • ‘Inland, hooved mammals such as the dorcas gazelles, dama gazelles, and addax graze while keeping a watchful eye out for predators such as jackals and striped hyenas.’
    • ‘All dama gazelles have thin legs and a long, slender neck, as well as long, S-shaped horns, which are larger and thicker in males.’


Modern Latin dama ‘fallow deer’ (the specific epithet of its Latin name).