cam·​el·​id | \ ˈka-mə-ˌlid How to pronounce camelid (audio) \

Definition of camelid

: any of a family (Camelidae) of even-toed, ruminant (see ruminant entry 1) mammals having a 3-chambered stomach and including the camel, llama, guanaco, alpaca, and vicuña

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Recent Examples on the Web Also shown are an extinct camelid known as a palaeolama and a type of horse that lived in the region during the Ice Age. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Dec. 2020 Trooper Levi Macy was monitoring traffic near Baker City around 7:20 a.m. when the call of a wayward camelid wandering the highway came across his radio. oregonlive, 13 Oct. 2020 This antibody is a genetic characteristic llamas share with all camelids, the family of mammals that also includes alpacas, guanacos and dromedaries. Jillian Kramer, New York Times, 6 May 2020 These squishable-when-they're-not-spitting camelids hold antibodies that could hold the key to treating COVID-19, scientists suggested in a study published Tuesday in the journal Cell. TheWeek, 6 May 2020 Caesar the No Drama Llama loves hugs – but for the most part, those are off the table for Oregon’s celebrity camelid. oregonlive, 2 May 2020 And camelids, such as llamas and camels, generate especially useful single-domain, stable antibodies. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 20 June 2018 In the presence of caffeine, this camelid antibody— aCaffVHH—binds to caffeine and then dimerizes. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 20 June 2018 The remains of now extinct animals—including the bones of prehistoric camelid, bison, and mastodon—were discovered in layers associated with the pre-Clovis human artifacts. Greg Harlin, National Geographic, 13 May 2016

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First Known Use of camelid

1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for camelid

New Latin Camelidae, from Camelus, genus name, from Latin

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“Camelid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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