Definition of giraffe
1 or plural giraffe : a large fleet African ruminant mammal (Giraffa camelopardalis) that is the tallest of living quadrupeds and has a very long neck and a short coat with dark blotches separated by pale lines
2 capitalized : camelopardalis
giraffishplay \jə-ˈra-fish\ adjective
Recent Examples of giraffe from the Web
The carousel includes 31 horses and 21 other animals, including a lion, tiger, giraffe, reindeer, zebra, four ostriches, four boars, four cats and four rabbits.
The project’s focus is the reticulated giraffe, named after its geometrically striking orange-and-white coat.
Cut the edges of makeup sponges to create stamps for your giraffe spots.
Zoo spokeswoman Kyle Shepherd said the zoo also has one other male giraffe, 5-year-old Silvester.
His team is developing a new technique to track a large number of giraffes without having to capture them.
The model was spotted on a humid Monday morning wearing a white crop top with striped cropped flared trousers with a giraffe embroidered on the knee and paired them with leather ankle booties. Because what humidity?
When the young giraffe dies after four weeks, the mom is joined by 16 other females, which all help protect the body from predators.
The technology can capture such precious moments like the birth of a giraffe in New York, or a wedding that guests can’t attend.
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Origin and Etymology of giraffe
Italian giraffa, from Arabic zirāfa
First Known Use: circa 1600See Words from the same year
GIRAFFE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of giraffe for English Language Learners
: a very tall African animal that has an extremely long neck and legs
GIRAFFE Defined for Kids
Definition of giraffe for Students
: a spotted mammal of Africa with a very long neck that feeds mostly on the leaves of trees and is the tallest of living animals on land
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