Friday, February 8, 2013

Arabic Word in English: Gazelle

The English word GAZELLE comes from French gazelle, and ultimately from the Arabic ghazāl. This Arabic word for the animal, ghazāl, is very similar to the word for a famous type of love poetry: the ghazal.

The image below shows an African gazelle as depicted in an 18th-century book of natural history:

This image is a 5th-century alabaster carving from South Arabia:

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