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giraffe

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noun gi·raffe \jə-ˈraf\

Simple Definition of giraffe

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

Full Definition of giraffe

plural giraffes

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 capitalized :  camelopardalis

gi·raff·ish play \-ˈra-fish\ adjective

Illustration of giraffe

Origin of giraffe

Italian giraffa, from Arabic zirāfa


First Known Use: circa 1600

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