- a giraffe.
Origin of camelopard
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Examples from the Web for camelopard
There is here a fine giraffe, or camelopard, of an amazing height, stuffed.The Stranger in France
This was not the case with the camelopard that had got loose and fled among the foremost.The Giraffe Hunters
A little before the sun went down my driver remarked to me, "I was just going to say, sir, that that old tree was a camelopard."
Then she rose with dignity, and walked like a camelopard all down the room on the side opposite to Mr. Oldfield.A Terrible Temptation
“The camelopard is the tallest of known animals:” pronounce camelopard with the accent on mel; never say camel leopard.
- 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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