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 Watch the video to see a baby giraffe walking with the aid of braces. Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 20 May 2022 Walt Disney World News shared several shots of the new arrival enjoying her surroundings, including a photo that shows the foal, by her mom's side, crossing paths with a giraffe. Kelli Bender,, 29 Oct. 2021 Such was the case for Tracey Ferguson and Gloria Shepard, who have been working on a giraffe since January, sanding and priming it for a new coat. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Mar. 2022 How does a giraffe end up on a ship in the middle of the Atlantic? Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, 10 Mar. 2022 Imagine a giraffe, but with a 40-foot wingspan and a massive beak. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 9 Dec. 2021 Jesse is the third giraffe to die at the zoo in one month. Kelli Bender,, 1 Nov. 2021 The Phoenix Zoo has announced the birth of a baby Masai giraffe. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 21 Feb. 2022 However, the most significant focus will be giraffe awareness and conservation efforts for the unique species, which is said to be experiencing a silent extinction. Melanie Van Zyl, Travel + Leisure, 5 Jan. 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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21 May 2022

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“Giraffe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 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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