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camel

[ kam-uhl ]
/ ˈkæm əl /
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noun
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.
Nautical.
  1. Also called pontoon. a float for lifting a deeply laden vessel sufficiently to allow it to cross an area of shallow water.
  2. a float serving as a fender between a vessel and a pier or the like.
  3. caisson (def. 3a).
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Origin of camel

before 950; Middle English, Old English <Latin camēlus <Greek kámēlos <Semitic; compare Hebrew gāmāl

OTHER WORDS FROM camel

cam·el·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for camel

camel
/ (ˈkæməl) /

noun
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
  1. a fawn colour
  2. (as adjective)a camel dress

Word Origin for camel

Old English, from Latin camēlus, from Greek kamēlos, of Semitic origin; related to Arabic jamal
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Other Idioms and Phrases with camel

camel

see under last straw.

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