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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Idk, but a slim-fit camel overcoat does all of that. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "20 Cool Outfits for Guys That Instantly Make Them a Million Times Hotter," 29 Apr. 2019 There were several stylish variations on the sleeveless style, ranging from Celine’s draped camel shapes to Chanel’s structured tweed takes. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Brie Larson Takes This Superheroine Staple to the Red Carpet," 15 Apr. 2019 Naadam’s Prince Street store may just be the ultimate expression of this new KonMari consumerism: The entire shop carries a single item, a $75 unisex cashmere crew neck sweater in a variety of colors, from camel to cement. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Who Needs Gender? Why Men and Women Are Dressing Identically," 21 Feb. 2019 Opting for a pant-less look, Selena wore into an oversized white vintage Bon Jovi T-shirt and oversized camel colored cardigan. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Wears a “Keep the Faith” Tee in Los Angeles," 26 July 2018 The rest rely on farming and shepherding sheep and camels. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "In rural Jordan, pulling power from the wind to make change on the ground," 3 May 2018 Revelers enjoy hot-air balloons, skydivers, live music, a classic-car show, a tree-lighting ceremony, elephant and camel rides, and fireworks the first weekend in December. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Ultimate Arizona bucket list: 15 things to do in Surprise," 16 Feb. 2015 Colorful Sophia Webster shoes and statement sunglasses lend added interest to an otherwise spot-on ensemble made up of a white skirt and crop top and camel over coat. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Poppy Pops," 17 Mar. 2014 Benson opted for the classic cool of camel cashmere and a floor-grazing overcoat. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson Dress for Date Night at the Moulin Rouge," 10 Apr. 2019

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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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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


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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