pl. -·raffes′ or -·raffe′
either of two species (genus Giraffa, family Giraffidae) of African ruminants, with a very long neck and long legs: the tallest of existing animals, they often reach a height of 5.5 m (c. 18 ft)
Origin of giraffeFrench ; from Italian giraffa ; from Arabic zar?fa
the constellation Camelopardalis
nounpl. gi·raffes or giraffe
An African ruminant mammal (Giraffa camelopardalis) having a very long neck and legs, a tan coat with orange-brown to black blotches, and short horns. It is the tallest land animal, often reaching a height of 5 meters (16 feet).
Origin of giraffeFrench girafe, from Italian giraffa, from Arabic dialectal zirāfa, probably of African origin.
Giraffa camelopardalis subsp. reticulata
- A ruminant, of the genus Giraffa, of the African savannah with long legs and highly elongated neck, which make it the tallest living animal; yellow fur patterned with dark spots, often in the form of a network; and two or more short, skin-covered horns.
- (Cockney rhyming slang) A laugh.
- Are you having a giraffe?!