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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a camel coat (=a thick pale brown coat made from wool, sometimes mixed with camel hair)
▪ He wore a smart camel coat over his suit.
▪ There are many tales of madness overcoming travellers whose cars have broken down or whose camels have died.
▪ We visited the ancient city of Petra and rode camels.
▪ Their deity, Goddess Vankul Mata ji, rides on a camel and specifically bequeathed the animal to them.
▪ We rode our camels or walked alongside them covering between 20 and 30 kilometres a day.
▪ He had ridden the camel all the way from the coast and was under the impression that they had become friends.
▪ Achaemeniann foot guards, Parthian warriors, the cavalry of Xerxes, litters, chariots, tanks, Bactrian camels.
▪ An Arab's flowing robes and racing camels gleamed white against the ochre dirt.
▪ But Koju was, immutably, a driver and Chutra, immutably, a camel man.
▪ One dehydrated camel drank 186 litres of water in two bouts of 94 and 92 litres.
▪ Some days we passed other groups of Rabari with their strings of camels.
▪ The camels were hobbled out to graze in the paddock.
▪ They are camel breeders and were once quite well off.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

camel \cam"el\ (k[acrf]m"[e^]l), n. [Oe. camel, chamel, OF. camel, chamel, F. chameau L. camelus, fr. Gr. ka`mhlos; of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. g[=a]m[=a]l, Ar. jamal. Cf. As. camel, fr. L. camelus.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) 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 ( Camelus Bactrianus) has two. The llama, alpaca, and vicu[~n]a, of South America, belong to a related genus ( Auchenia).

  2. (Naut.) A water-tight structure (as a large box or boxes) used to assist a vessel in passing over a shoal or bar or in navigating shallow water. By admitting water, the camel or camels may be sunk and attached beneath or at the sides of a vessel, and when the water is pumped out the vessel is lifted.

    Camel bird (Zo["o]l.), the ostrich.

    Camel locust (Zo["o]l.), the mantis.

    Camel's thorn (Bot.), a low, leguminous shrub ( Alhagi maurorum) of the Arabian desert, from which exudes a sweetish gum, which is one of the substances called manna.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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."\n

\nAnother 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.


n. 1 A beast of burden, much used in desert areas, of the genus ''Camelus''. 2 A light brownish color, like that of a camel. 3 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.


n. cud-chewing mammal used as a draft or saddle animal in desert regions


A camel is an even-toed ungulate within the genus Camelus, bearing distinctive fatty deposits known as "humps" on its back. The two surviving species of camel are the dromedary, or one-humped camel (C. dromedarius), which inhabits the Middle East and the Horn of Africa; and the Bactrian, or two-humped camel (C. bactrianus), which inhabits Central Asia. Both species have been domesticated; they provide milk, meat, hair for textiles or goods such as felted pouches, and are working animals with tasks ranging from human transport to bearing loads.

The term camel is derived via Latin and Greek (camelus and κάμηλος kamēlos respectively) from Hebrew or Phoenician gāmāl.

"Camel" is also used more broadly to describe any of the six camel-like mammals in the family Camelidae: the two true camels and the four New World camelids: the llama, alpaca, guanaco, and vicuña of South America.

Camel (band)

Camel are an English progressive rock band formed in 1971. Led by founding member Andrew Latimer, they have produced 14 original studio albums, 14 singles plus numerous other compilation and live albums.

Camel (cigarette)

Camel is a brand of cigarettes that was introduced by American company R.J. Reynolds Tobacco in 1913. Most current Camel cigarettes contain a blend of Turkish tobacco and Virginia tobacco. Early in 2008 the blend was changed as was the package design.

Camel (disambiguation)

A camel is a hoofed mammal.

Camel may also refer to:

Camel (album)

Camel is the first studio album by English progressive rock band Camel. It was released in 1973. The bonus track "Homage To The God Of Light" was originally released in Peter Bardens's solo album The Answer in 1970.

Camel (color)

Camel is a color that resembles the color of the hair of a camel.

The first recorded use of camel as a color name in English was in 1916.

The source of this color is: ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names (1955)--Color Sample of Camel (color sample #76).

Camel (horse)

Camel (1822 – 6 November 1844) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse. He won five of his seven races, including the Port Stakes in 1825, but his appearances were limited by leg problems. Throughout his racing career he was owned by Charles Wyndham. After retiring from racing Camel became a successful stallion, siring St. Leger winners Touchstone and Launcelot and becoming British Champion sire in 1838.

Camel (chess)

The camel (or long knight) is a fairy chess piece that moves like an elongated knight. When it moves, it can jump to a square that is three squares horizontally and one square vertically, or three squares vertically and one square horizontally, regardless of intervening pieces; thus, it is a (1,3)-leaper. Below, it is given the symbol L from Betza notation.

Camel (in rhythmic landscape with trees)

Camel (in rhythmic landscape with trees) [German: Kamel (in rhythmischer baumlandschaft)] is a painting by Swiss artist Paul Klee in the collection of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The painting is one of the first Klee did in oils and is typical of the artist's interest in colour theory, draughtsmanship and musicality. It is also one of many images in Western art to use camels as subject matter.

The composition of the painting is based on horizontal bands dotted with circular shapes.

Usage examples of "camel".

Penrod converted Akasha into an entrenched camp, a base from which the Camel Corps could sally out.

They came no closer to the village of Akasha than five miles before they were attacked by elements of the Camel Corps, and driven off with the loss of two good men.

Only when collision seemed inevitable did the German pilot lose his nerve and swerve, and Biggies whirled round on his tail in the lightning right-hand turn for which the Camel was famous.

Yet he managed it all quite handily by riding about on his three famous camels: Bimbashi, Ballyhooly, and Beelzebub.

It was the first of the eight dozen animatronic camels Bindle had ordered.

Shahin was blindfolding the camels as they lurched against him, crying with their hoarse, braying voices.

The cow bolted to the right as quickly as it could, which was not very fast, and the camel bolted to the left with such convulsive bounds that we were nearly thrown off its back.

Each camel carried two cacolets, one clamped to each side of a specially constructed saddle.

Hussars and Lancers scouted in the scrub at each side, and within moved the clump of camels, with humorous eyes and supercilious lips, their comic faces a contrast to the blood-stained men who already lay huddled in the cacolets on either side.

Squadron was deserted, except for a slim figure that sat, rather uncomfortably, on an upturned chock, as a Sopwith Camel, considerably damaged, landed and taxied up to the hangars.

He waved away his chocks, and the three Camels roared into the still air.

The idea of Harold steering his mother from the baboons to the sea lions, from the coypu pond to the zebra house, pulling her gently out of the way of supercilious camels with sticky children on their backs was, to Nell, infinitely touching.

A flock of shaggy goats, tended by cyanotic children and air-starved curs, stayed at a distance, sidelined until camels and horses were through.

Ruminantia are fused into one common bone, except in the deerlets, which also have the two outer fore and little finger metacarpals distinct, whereas they are but rudimentary in the rest of the true ruminants, and totally absent in the camels.

Arabian to the heftiest drafter, and also camels and their cousins, the sleek racing dromedaries.