camelopard

[ kuh-mel-uh-pahrd ]
/ kəˈmɛl əˌpɑrd /

noun Archaic.

a giraffe.

Origin of camelopard

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin camēlopardus, for Latin camēlopardālis < Greek kamēlopárdalis giraffe, equivalent to kámēlo(s) camel + pardalis pard1
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camelopard

/ (ˈkæmɪləˌpɑːd, kəˈmɛl-) /

noun

an obsolete word for giraffe

Word Origin for camelopard

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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