Giraffe definition

jə-răf
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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)
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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).
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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.
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(Cockney rhyming slang) A laugh.

Are you having a giraffe?!

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the Giraffe
  • the constellation Camelopardalis
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
giraffe
Plural:
giraffes

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the Giraffe

Origin of giraffe

  • French girafe from Italian giraffa from Arabic dialectal zirāfa probably of African origin

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

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary