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1. A giraffe.
2. Heraldry A bearing resembling a giraffe but represented with long curved horns.
[Middle English, from Medieval Latin camēlopardus, from Latin camēlopardalis, from Greek kamēlopardalis : kamēlos, camel; see camel + pardalis, pard (so called because the giraffe has a head like a camel's and the spots of a leopard).]
(Animals) an obsolete word for giraffe
[C14: from Medieval Latin camēlopardus, from Greek kamēlopardalis, from kamēlos camel + pardalis leopard, because the giraffe was thought to have a head like a camel's and spots like a leopard's]
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|Noun||1.||camelopard - 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