Definition of camel
1 : either of two large ruminant mammals (genus Camelus) used as draft and saddle animals in desert regions especially of Africa and Asia:a : the one-humped camel (C. dromedarius) extant only as a domestic or feral animal : dromedaryb : the 2-humped camel (C. bactrianus synonym C. ferus) of desert and steppe regions of northwestern China and southwestern Mongolia : bactrian camel
2 : a watertight structure used especially to lift submerged ships
3 : a light yellowish brown
Recent Examples of camel from the Web
However, the guests were able to glimpse perhaps the oldest mode of transportation along the Silk Route: A camel caravan.
Local residents told the Associated Press that the attackers arrived late Sunday on camels and horses before firing in all directions.
Fletcher Page / The C-J LEXINGTON, Ky. — This weekend in Egypt, Romeo Langford rode a camel, visited the pyramids and played seven minutes of basketball.
There was also a petting zoo that featured a camel as well as other animals indigenous to far-away regions.
Al-Jamal, from Palestine, with a camel on the label.
Several hundred people lined the dusty road to meet the officials at the remote airstrip, while rail-thin camels and goats roamed in the bushes.
Today’s report was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
There were 24-percent fewer grasshoppers in compressor plots, 52-percent fewer froghoppers, and a whopping 95-percent fewer cave, camel, and spider crickets.
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Origin and Etymology of camel
Middle English, from Old English & Anglo-French, from Latin camelus, from Greek kamēlos, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew gāmāl camel
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
CAMEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of camel for English Language Learners
: a large animal of Africa and Asia that has a long neck and one or two large humps on its back and that is often used for desert travel
CAMEL Defined for Kids
Definition of camel for Students
: a large hoofed animal that has one or two large humps on its back and is used in the deserts of Asia and Africa for carrying passengers and loads
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