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 camēlus from Greek kamēlos of Semitic origin gml1
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.