- either of two large, humped, ruminant quadrupeds of the genus Camelus, of the Old World.Compare Bactrian camel, dromedary.
- a color ranging from yellowish tan to yellowish brown.
- Also called camel spin. Skating. a spin done in an arabesque position.
Origin of camel
Examples from the Web for camel
In short: It is so convenient that it makes a taxi seem about as high-tech as a camel.Inside Uber’s Political War Machine
June 30, 2014
There was something rather theatrical—surreal even—about walking into camp accompanied by a camel caravan later that evening.
Later, I fell asleep to the sound of Lhoucine gently coaxing his camel and faint ululating from a distant stone cottage.
Joe would often appear looking suave or cool in various brightly colored situations - as cool as a man with a camel face can look.
Joe Camel: For about a decade beginning in 1987, Camel started to market its products using a mascot called “Old Joe.”
There are two kinds of camels—the camel proper and the camel improper.The Devil's Dictionary
I hadn't been on a camel since I was four, if then, so it was useless to follow.
There's nothing like sitting still after a windy day on camel back.
And he sold his camel yesterday and bought a bicycle instead.
Behold, your friend the kaimkam is gloomy and impassive as a camel; what can you do?
- either of two cud-chewing artiodactyl mammals of the genus Camelus : family Camelidae. They are adapted for surviving long periods without food or water in desert regions, esp by using humps on the back for storing fatSee Arabian camel, Bactrian camel
- a float attached to a vessel to increase its buoyancySee also caisson (def. 3)
- a raft or float used as a fender between a vessel and a wharf
- a fawn colour
- (as adjective)a camel dress
Word Origin and History for camel
Old English camel, perhaps via Old North French camel (Old French chamel, Modern French chameau), from Latin camelus, from Greek kamelos, from Hebrew or Phoenician gamal, perhaps related to Arabic jamala "to bear."
Another Old English word for the beast was olfend, apparently based on confusion of camels with elephants in a place and time when both were known only from travelers' vague descriptions. The Arabian have one hump (the lighter variety is the dromedary); the Bactrian have two.
Idioms and Phrases with camel
see under last straw.