- a tall, long-necked, spotted ruminant, Giraffa camelopardalis, of Africa: the tallest living quadruped animal.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Camelopardalis.
Origin of giraffe
Examples from the Web for giraffe
Their excuse for the killing the giraffe was that they were worried about inbreeding.At the Copenhagen Zoo, Humans Can Be Animals
March 28, 2014
Last Sunday Marius, a 2-year-old giraffe, was slaughtered at the Copenhagen Zoo.Hollywood Mourns the Death of Marius the Giraffe
February 14, 2014
But my favorite would have to be her giraffe jumpsuit with yellow hair.RuPaul Picks Favorite All-Star Drag Race Looks
Maria Elena Fernandez
October 19, 2012
Keith had me do this as I skittered across the gym like a giraffe at watering hole.Does Sexercise Work?
May 26, 2010
I realized this when Valentino was heard yelling “get the giraffe away from me!”My Fight with Valentino
December 7, 2009
Therefore you get the following sentence, "I believe I saw a giraffe."Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
The giraffe's neck is long because he is stretching towards heaven.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
Mr. Gubb arose slowly, like a giraffe, and brushed his knees.Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
Ellis Parker Butler
This has been attempted so far as regards the elephant, rhinoceros, giraffe, and eland.Impressions of South Africa
It was a gobbler, I tell you, that was nearly as big as a giraffe.Christmas Every Day and Other Stories
W. D. Howells
- 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
Word Origin and History for giraffe
1590s, giraffa, from Italian giraffa, from Arabic zarafa, probably from an African language. Earlier Middle English spellings varied wildly, depending on the source, including jarraf, ziraph, and gerfauntz, some apparently directly from Arabic, the last reflecting some confusion with olifaunt "elephant."
In Arabye, þei ben clept Gerfauntz; þat is a best pomelee or spotted .. but a lityll more high þan is a stede, But he hath the necke a xxti cubytes long. [Mandeville's Travels, c.1425]