Giraffe[jə raf′, -räf′]
An adult giraffe.
nounpl. gi·raffes or giraffe
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?!
From French giraffe (now girafe), from Arabic زَرَافَة (zarāfa, “giraffe”), apparently ultimately from Persian زرناپا (zurnāpā, “giraffe”), a compound of زرنا (zurnā, “flute, zurna”) and پا (pā, “leg”).
Variant of giraffe