Origin of giraffe
Examples from the Web for giraffe
Their excuse for the killing the giraffe was that they were worried about inbreeding.
Last Sunday Marius, a 2-year-old giraffe, was slaughtered at the Copenhagen Zoo.
But my favorite would have to be her giraffe jumpsuit with yellow hair.
Keith had me do this as I skittered across the gym like a giraffe at watering hole.
I realized this when Valentino was heard yelling “get the giraffe away from me!”
“Beat that snapshot if you can, Giraffe,” said the other, proudly looking down at his quarry.The Boy Scouts Through the Big Timber|Herbert Carter
Critch had hit the other giraffe in the brain and killed him instantly.The Blind Lion of the Congo|Elliott Whitney
Giraffe would surely have had plenty of time to run across some wayside cottage where they had a horse that could be hired.The Boy Scouts on War Trails in Belgium|Herbert Carter
He fired, and the first lion, giving a spring in the air, fell over on the body of the giraffe.Adventures in Africa|W.H.G. Kingston
You don't know no more how to play a hand of cards than a giraffe does.His Own People|Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for giraffe
noun plural -raffes or -raffe
Word Origin for giraffe
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]