camel

noun
cam·​el | \ ˈka-məl How to pronounce camel (audio) \

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 : dromedary
b : 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

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camel 1: 1 dromedary, 2 Bactrian camel

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The party featured a camel, three tons of sand, exotic cars and three custom outfits for her son. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Philadelphia mom who shelled out cash for lavish prom parties is charged with fraud," 14 Aug. 2018 During the nuptials, Murgatroyd wore a one-sleeve blue blouse with camel-colored pants and heels, while carrying a simple bouquet of pink and purple flowers. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Surprise! Maks Chmerkovskiy Reveals He & Peta Murgatroyd Wed at City Hall Before Big Ceremony," 8 July 2018 Where Spring was a magpie mash-up of sparkly jacquard blazers, flared trousers, jeweled brooches, and ruffled button-downs, Fall was the inverse: sleek, simple, gently oversize suits in two colors, black and camel. Emily Farra, Vogue, "David Hart Is Taking His Formerly Maximalist Menswear Label in a Sleek New Direction," 5 Feb. 2019 Camila's high-fashion fit might look a little intimidating, but the message is one to remember: boyfriend jeans and camel pleather are a total win. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Instagram-Worthy Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans," 8 Jan. 2019 Always be careful to look for a gusset in any fitted bottom garment and buy in the right size to avoid camel toe discomfort. Casey Johnston, SELF, "Ask a Swole Woman: What Are the Best Pants for Lifting Weights?," 13 Dec. 2018 Other villagers sold their assets, such as camels or land, to get money for food. Declan Walsh, The Seattle Times, "The tragedy of Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen," 26 Oct. 2018 But True or Poo? covers a larger range of subjects, from the fact that flatworms fight each other with their genitalia (true) to the myth that camels store water in their humps (poo). Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Flatworms fence with their penises and other gross science facts," 21 Oct. 2018 Laborers lead donkeys and camels with loads of building material to the site, while stonecutters and masons climb the wall and occasionally suffer falls and other mishaps. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient “comic strip” depicts the founding of a Roman city," 10 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of camel

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for camel

Middle English, from Old English & Anglo-French, from Latin camelus, from Greek kamēlos, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew gāmāl camel

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camel

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English Language Learners Definition of camel

: 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

noun
cam·​el | \ ˈka-məl How to pronounce camel (audio) \

Kids Definition of camel

: a large 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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