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noun cam·el \ˈka-məl\

Definition of camel

  1. 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 —called also dromedary b :  the 2-humped camel (C. bactrianus syn. C. ferus) of Chinese Turkestan and Mongolia —called also Bactrian camel

  2. 2 :  a watertight structure used especially to lift submerged ships

  3. 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


First Known Use: before 12th century



CAMEL Defined for English Language Learners

camel

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noun cam·el \ˈka-məl\

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

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noun cam·el \ˈka-məl\

Definition of camel for Students

  1. :  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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