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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).]


(ˈkæmɪləˌpɑːd; kəˈmɛl-)
(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]


(kəˈmɛl əˌpɑrd)

n. Archaic.
a giraffe.
[1350–1400; < Greek kámēlo(s) camel + pardalis pard1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.camelopard - tallest living quadrupedcamelopard - 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
References in periodicals archive ?
For example, a giraffe is called a camelopard - a name dating back to the 14th century when they were first seen by Europeans.
In 1827, King George IV was ridiculed, riding on his new gift of a giraffe with his mistress, in The Camelopard or a New Hobby.
This animal, once it had made its appearance, struck wonder into the whole crowd and its form took its name from the most prominent features of its body: it was spontaneously called a "camelopard" [i.e., giraffe] by the Ethiopian audience.