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gi·raffe

 (jə-răf′)
n. pl. 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).

[French girafe, from Italian giraffa, from Arabic dialectal zirāfa, probably of African origin.]

gi·raff′ish adj.

giraffe

(dʒɪˈrɑːf; -ˈræf)
n, pl -raffes or -raffe
(Animals) a large ruminant mammal, Giraffa camelopardalis, inhabiting savannas of tropical Africa: the tallest mammal, with very long legs and neck and a colouring of regular reddish-brown patches on a beige ground: family Giraffidae
[C17: from Italian giraffa, from Arabic zarāfah, probably of African origin]

gi•raffe

(dʒəˈræf; esp. Brit. -ˈrɑf)

n.
a tall, long-necked, spotted ruminant, Giraffa camelopardalis, of Africa: the tallest living quadruped animal.
[1585–95; < French girafe < Italian giraffa < dial. Arabic zirāfah]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.giraffe - tallest living quadrupedgiraffe - tallest living quadruped; having a spotted coat and small horns and very long neck and legs; of savannahs of tropical Africa
ruminant - any of various cud-chewing hoofed mammals having a stomach divided into four (occasionally three) compartments
genus Giraffa, Giraffa - type genus of the Giraffidae
okapi, Okapia johnstoni - similar to the giraffe but smaller with much shorter neck and stripe on the legs

giraffe

noun
Related words
collective noun herd
Translations
زرافةزَرَافَةزرافَه
жираф
žirafa
giraf
kaelkirjak
kirahvi
žirafa
zsiráf
gíraffi
キリン
기린
camelopardalis
žirafa
žirafe
sjiraffgiraff
girafă
žirafa
žirafa
giraff
twiga
ยีราฟ
hươu cao cổ

giraffe

[dʒɪˈrɑːf] N (giraffes or giraffe (pl)) → jirafa f

giraffe

[dʒɪˈrɑːf] ngirafe f

giraffe

nGiraffe f

giraffe

[dʒɪˈrɑːf] ngiraffa

giraffe

(dʒiˈraːf) plurals giˈraffes ~giˈraffe noun
an African animal with a very long neck, long legs and spots.

giraffe is spelt with one r and two fs.

giraffe

زَرَافَة žirafa giraf Giraffe καμηλοπάρδαλη jirafa kirahvi girafe žirafa giraffa キリン 기린 giraf sjiraff żyrafa girafa жираф giraff ยีราฟ zürafa hươu cao cổ 长颈鹿
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And never having been anywhere in the world but in Africa, Nantucket, and the pagan harbors most frequented by whalemen; and having now led for many years the bold life of the fishery in the ships of owners uncommonly heedful of what manner of men they shipped; daggoo retained all his barbaric virtues, and erect as a giraffe, moved about the decks in all the pomp of six feet five in his socks.
They gave my bobtail coat to somebody else, and sent me an ulster suitable for a giraffe.
Often they would come racing through the trees to her side to announce the near presence of antelope or giraffe, or with excited warnings of the proximity of Sheeta or Numa.
The giraffe drink every day one dozen best champagne to keep his coat good.
By some extraordinary chance the ball struck it full on the back of the neck, shattering the spinal column, and that giraffe went rolling head over heels just like a rabbit.
Fortune favored her that night, for she passed unscathed through as savage and lion-ridden an area as there is in all Africa--a natural hunting ground which the white man has not yet discovered, where deer and antelope and zebra, giraffe and elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, and the other herbivorous animals of central Africa abound unmolested by none but their natural enemies, the great cats which, lured here by easy prey and immunity from the rifles of big-game hunters, swarm the district.
Would you look at the giraffe comin' up out o' the bottom of the say?
More--he mortgaged all he possessed against the day of the auction, bought in the trained horses and ponies, the giraffe herd and the performing elephants, and, in six months more was quit of an of them, save the pony Repeater who turned air-springs, at another profit of fifteen thousand dollars.
Can we believe that natural selection could produce, on the one hand, organs of trifling importance, such as the tail of a giraffe, which serves as a fly-flapper, and, on the other hand, organs of such wonderful structure, as the eye, of which we hardly as yet fully understand the inimitable perfection?
The Mylodon, moreover, was furnished with a long extensile tongue like that of the giraffe, which, by one of those beautiful provisions of nature, thus reaches with the aid of its long neck its leafy food.
But all along his train there was nobody that could be a disguised Flambeau, any more than a cat could be a disguised giraffe.
She found Nutty sitting on the bed, looking like an overwrought giraffe.