Definition of Camel

1. Noun. Cud-chewing mammal used as a draft or saddle animal in desert regions.

Definition of Camel

1. n. A large ruminant used in Asia and Africa for carrying burdens and for riding. The camel is remarkable for its ability to go a long time without drinking. Its hoofs are small, and situated at the extremities of the toes, and the weight of the animal rests on the callous. The dromedary (Camelus dromedarius) has one bunch on the back, while the Bactrian camel (C. Bactrianus) has two. The llama, alpaca, and vicuña, of South America, belong to a related genus (Auchenia).

Definition of Camel

1. Noun. A beast of burden, much used in desert areas, of the genus camelus. ¹

2. Noun. A light brownish color, tan. ¹

3. Noun. Loaded vessels lashed tightly, one on each side of a another vessel, and then emptied to reduce the draught of the ship in the middle. ¹

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Definition of Camel

1. a large, humped mammal [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Camel

came back
came by
came clean
came full circle
came in
came into
came into being
came on
came out
came out of the closet
came through
came to
came to life
came true
came up
camel (current term)
camel's hair
camel's nose
camel case
camel jockey
camel racing
camel spider
camel spiders
camel through the eye of a needle
camel toe
camel toes

Literary usage of Camel

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Innocents Abroad; Or, The New Pilgrim's Progress: Being Some Account of by Mark Twain (1884)
"A camel is as tall as any ordinary dwelling-house in Syria—which is to say a camel is ... The camel would not turn out for a king. He stalks serenely along, ..."

2. Contemporary French Novelists: And Other Tales from India by William Henry Denham Rouse, William Crooke, William Heath Robinson, René Doumic, Mary D. Frost (1922)
"NCE a camel was grazing in a forest. He had a ring in his nose, as the custom is, ... As the camel grazed, this leading-string became entangled in a bush, ..."

3. Central Asia and Tibet by Sven Anders Hedin (1903)
"THE WILD camel. ABDU REHIM gave me a.good deal of information about the habits and peculiarities of the wild camel, which agreed well with what I learnt in ..."

4. Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People: A Report of the Surgeon General by M. Joycelyn Elders (1997)
"Specifically, both black and white students ranked the two advertisements featuring camel cigarettes' cartoon camel mascot Old Joe first and second; ..."

5. Herodotus by Herodotus, William Beloe (1830)
"As my countrymen of Greece are well acquainted with the form of the camel, I shall not here describe it; I shall only mention that with which I conceive ..."

6. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1854)
"In the sands of Africa and Arabia, the camel is a sacred and precious gift. ... Alive or dead, almost every part of the camel is serviceable to man: her ..."

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