gi·​raffe | \ jə-ˈraf How to pronounce giraffe (audio) \
plural giraffes

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

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Other Words from giraffe

giraffish \ jə-​ˈra-​fish How to pronounce giraffe (audio) \ adjective

Examples of giraffe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Woodfin joined her in feeding lettuce to Willow the giraffe. al, 18 July 2022 The baby giraffe is nearly 6 feet tall and weighs 150 pounds. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 21 Feb. 2022 In 2019, the federal prosecutor urged the court to order Deveny to preserve the approximately dozen guns found in her house and exotic taxidermy heads of animals, including a giraffe, zebra, and lion, but dispose of any ammunition in the home. oregonlive, 27 June 2022 On June 1, the Omaha zoo announced that Dottie, the oldest giraffe living at the facility, died on May 31 at the age of 22 years, 8 months, and 19 days. Kelli Bender,, 2 June 2022 But with his already towering height, Morant probably wouldn’t want to challenge the giraffe to a game of one-on-one. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 June 2022 The giraffe is survived by her three children, two daughters, Lolo and Zoe, and a son, Malcolm. Kelli Bender,, 2 June 2022 Wait for a second, the giraffe is furtively looking around. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 An 18-foot-tall giraffe, to be exact, with a gargantuan bumpy head. Kathryn Romeyn, Travel + Leisure, 17 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of giraffe

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for giraffe

Italian giraffa, from Arabic zirāfa

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“Giraffe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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gi·​raffe | \ jə-ˈraf How to pronounce giraffe (audio) \

Kids Definition of giraffe

: 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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