camel

noun cam·el \ ˈka-məl \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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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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



CAMEL Defined for English Language Learners

camel

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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

camel

noun cam·el \ ˈka-məl \

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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