A mother camel and her baby.
The animal most used for transportation in the African desert is an example of a camel.
- 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
- Either of two chiefly domesticated ruminant mammals of the genus Camelus, the Bactrian camel or the dromedary, having a humped back and long neck, and used in northern Africa, the Middle East, and Asia as a beast of burden and a source of wool, milk, and meat.
- A device used to raise sunken objects, consisting of a hollow structure that is submerged, attached tightly to the object, and pumped free of water. Also called caisson.
- Sports A spin in figure skating that is performed in an arabesque or modified arabesque position.
- A tan or yellowish brown.
Origin of camelMiddle English, from Old English and from Anglo-Norman cameil, both from Latin cam&emacron;lus, from Greek kam&emacron;los, of Semitic origin; see gml1 in Semitic roots.
Middle English, via Old Northern French camel (Old French chamel, modern chameau), from Latin camēlus, from Ancient Greek κάμηλος (kamēlos), from Proto-Semitic *gamal-; compare Arabic جمل (jámal) and Hebrew גמל (gamál).
camel - Computer Definition
(Customized Application of Mobile network Enhanced Logic) A set of ETSI standards for extending landline intelligent network (IN) telephony services to the data services of GSM, GPRS and UMTS mobile systems. CAMEL functions were added in phases. Phase 1 covers basic features such as call waiting and forwarding. Phase 2 supports prepaid calling and unstructured supplementary service data (see USSD). Phase 3 supports roaming; Phase 4 adds multimedia services, and Phase 5 provides seamless prepaid roaming. See CAP.