- either of two species of large, domesticated ruminants (genus Camelus) with a humped back, long neck, and large, cushioned feet: capable of storing water in its bodily tissue, the camel is the common beast of burden in Asian and African deserts
- a watertight cylinder used to raise sunken ships, wrecks, etc.
- Naut. a float, usually consisting of a log or logs, placed alongside a wharf, pier, etc. to protect docking ships
Origin of camelMiddle English from Old English or Old French from Classical Latin camelus from Classical Greek kam?los from Classical Hebrew (language) or Phoenician g?m?l; ultimately from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Babylonian