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(astronomy) A faint circumpolar constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a giraffe.
First recorded by the astronomer Jakob Bartsch in 1624, but probably created earlier by Petrus Plancius. From Latin camēlopardalis (“a camelopard, giraffe”).
Latin camēlopardalis camelopard camelopard
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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