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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
References in classic literature ?
The air was dark with Davises, and many Jones gamboled like a flock of young giraffes.
Then the Doctor was very happy; for all the lions and the leopards and the antelopes and the giraffes and the zebras--all the animals of the forests and the mountains and the plains --came to help him in his work.
Like the others, it was high enough for a family of giraffes to live in, and was very handsome and clean and bright-colored within.
Those giraffes," roared Joe; "why, they're not as big as my fist.
As we emerged into this river-bed path suddenly we started a troop of tall giraffes, who galloped, or rather sailed off, in their strange gait, their tails screwed up over their backs, and their hoofs rattling like castanets.
He saw her against a background of pale grottos and sleek hides; camels slanted their heavy-ridded eyes at her, giraffes fastidiously observed her from their melancholy eminence, and the pink-lined trunks of elephants cautiously abstracted buns from her outstretched hands.
in one day's march with the bullock-waggons, he saw, without wandering to any great distance on either side, between one hundred and one hundred and fifty rhinoceroses, which belonged to three species: the same day he saw several herds of giraffes, amounting together to nearly a hundred; and that although no elephant was observed, yet they are found in this district.
How long, pray, would a man hunt giraffes if he could?
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.