noun gi·raffe \jə-ˈraf\

: a very tall African animal that has an extremely long neck and legs

plural giraffes

Full Definition of GIRAFFE

or plural giraffe :  a large fleet African ruminant mammal (Giraffa camelopardalis) that is the tallest of living quadrupeds and has a very long neck and a short coat with dark blotches separated by pale lines
capitalized :  camelopardalis
gi·raff·ish \-ˈra-fish\ adjective

Illustration of GIRAFFE

Origin of GIRAFFE

Italian giraffa, from Arabic zirāfa
First Known Use: circa 1600

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole
GIRAFFISH Defined for Kids


noun gi·raffe \jə-ˈraf\

Definition of GIRAFFE for Kids

:  a spotted mammal of Africa with a very long neck that feeds mostly on the leaves of trees and is the tallest of living animals on land


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