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
Animal lovers will have a new way to check out the cheetahs, giraffes, tortoises and snakes at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens this summer.
Six-year-old Ernie, a Masai giraffe, was brought to Lehigh Valley Zoo from the Kansas City Zoo in Missouri last week along with his 16-year-old father, Murphy, as part of a $3.8 million expansion of the Schnecksville zoo’s African animals exhibit.
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Feed a giraffe, build a sand castle, take a train ride through a national park – and that’s just for starters.
Besides giraffes, the African exhibit will include a lion, hyrax, wildebeest and tortoise.
Even though naturalists have long-recognized that male giraffes often swing their necks to batter each other with their stout ossicones –
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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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