Camel Definition

kăməl
camels
noun
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.
Webster's New World
A watertight cylinder used to raise sunken ships, wrecks, etc.
Webster's New World
A float, usually consisting of a log or logs, placed alongside a wharf, pier, etc. to protect docking ships.
Webster's New World
A spin in figure skating that is performed in an arabesque or modified arabesque position.
American Heritage
A tan or yellowish brown.
American Heritage
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adjective
Of the tan color of camel's hair.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Camel

Noun

Singular:
camel
Plural:
camels

Origin of Camel

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English and from Anglo-Norman cameil both from Latin camēlus from Greek kamēlos of Semitic origin gml1 in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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