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 : dromedaryb : 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
Recent Examples of camel from the Web
There were 24-percent fewer grasshoppers in compressor plots, 52-percent fewer froghoppers, and a whopping 95-percent fewer cave, camel, and spider crickets.
The main livelihood activities are pastoralism (raising of cows, goats, sheep and camels) and/or subsistence farming — raising food crops for one’s household.
Excavations for train projects have turned up bison and camel bones as well as mastodon teeth and tusk fragments.
Among the most evocative is a shot taken in front of the pyramids of Giza, featuring a smiling Bell sitting between Lawrence and a sunglasses-wearing Winston Churchill on camels.
Animals that take part in this circus include horses, zebras, camels and elephants, said UniverSoul spokesman Hank Ernest.
The oil was discovered in the 1950s, when the seven former British protectorates that now make up the Emirates were inhabited mainly by nomadic Bedouin tribes and the economy ran on fishing, date-farming and camel-herding.
Hercules the camel joined the other exotic animals at the Haltom City location.
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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
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
CAMEL Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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