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

Examples of camelid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Learn about the South American camelids whose fleece is used in these products. The Bon Appétit Staff & Contributors, Bon Appétit, 7 Feb. 2024 Scientists still don’t know why camelids and cartilaginous fishes, like sharks, are the only animals known to make heavy chain antibodies. Christina Szalinski, Discover Magazine, 22 Feb. 2023 Llama Eating llama steak is the norm in Argentina’s northwest, given that the camelid is well adapted to the Jujuy province’s 2,000-plus meters above sea level altitude. Sorrel Moseley-Williams, CNN, 5 Mar. 2023 As a proof of principle of the new plant defense strategy, Kamoun’s group turned to two standard camelid nanobodies that recognize not pathogen proteins, but two different fluorescent molecules, including one called green fluorescent protein (GFP). Byerik Stokstad,, 2 Mar. 2023 But the variable domains of the camelid’s heavy-chain-only antibodies are singletons. Christina Szalinski, Discover Magazine, 22 Feb. 2023 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

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of camelid was in 1911

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“Camelid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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