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.
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 Camel: For about a decade beginning in 1987, Camel started to market its products using a mascot called “Old Joe.”
“If we tell the camel owners that we will let you use a child in the race, they will refuse,” he said.
The man who had swallowed the camel of the Gunpowder Plot was scandalised at the idea of horse-stealing!It Might Have Been|Emily Sarah Holt
No change, except that the order of the animals is Elephant, Camel, Ox.The Talking Thrush|William Crooke
So next morning she said nothing when she saw a camel with two panniers kneeling in front of the tent, ready for its load.The Adventures of Akbar|Flora Annie Steel
The camel races, while not exactly regarded as a medium for speculation, were the most amusing to watch.With Our Army in Palestine|Antony Bluett
Ali's curiosity mounted because, contrary to their usual procedure, these handlers were gently trying to make the camel get up.Hi Jolly!|James Arthur Kjelgaard
British Dictionary definitions for camel
- a fawn colour
- (as adjective)a camel dress
Word Origin for camel
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.