One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large, long-necked ungulate mammal of arid country, with long slender legs, broad cushioned feet, and either one or two humps on the back. Camels can survive for long periods without food or drink, chiefly by using up the fat reserves in their humps.
Genus Camelus, family Camelidae (the camel family): two species (see Arabian camel, Bactrian camel). The camel family also includes the llama and its relatives
- ‘The desert was hotter now than in his father's day and there was less food for the camels.’
- ‘Capable of carrying 200 kilograms of food, camels can work between eight and ten hours a day.’
- ‘Hunter-gatherers likely attacked and killed the giant camel when it visited one of these springs to drink, the researchers suggest.’
- ‘At the few remaining watering holes, wolves lie in wait for wild camels.’
- ‘The scant rainfall is still sufficient for forage growth for goats, sheep and camels.’
- ‘It was only after the Mongols tamed horses, yaks and camels that they took to a nomadic herding lifestyle.’
- ‘Milk from camels, goats, and cows is a major food for Somali herdsmen and nomadic families.’
- ‘They are thought to share a common ancestor with the camels and dromedaries of Africa and Asia.’
- ‘He drinks like a camel and smokes like a coal-fired power station.’
- ‘You can substitute a goat for the camel should dromederies be out of stock at your local shopping emporium.’
- ‘‘The children are made to train on the camels for periods lasting up to three or four hours,’ he said.’
- ‘After walking six miles, they find a spring, and the camels drink their fill.’
- ‘Remnants of the herds ancestral to all domesticated camels may still survive in the deserts of central Asia.’
- ‘Most of it is grazed by flocks of sheep, goats, camels and cattle, often causing severe damage to vegetation.’
- ‘Native horses and camels galloped across the plains of North America.’
- ‘In more arid regions, livestock production dominates with the raising of cattle, camels, sheep, and goats.’
- ‘Long-necked giraffes and camels have the same seven neck bones as do short-necked mice and men.’
- ‘Like all members of the camel family, llamas actually originated in North America, perhaps 40 million years ago.’
- ‘When the camel lumbered to its feet it was me who was screaming with terror while my son smiled serenely.’
- ‘A good idea is to board the little train which encircles the zoo enclosure and allows you to see the giraffes, hippos, zebra, camels and rhinos.’
- 1.1 A fabric made from camel hair.
- ‘I was just as thrilled when he would come up the dugout steps with his top hat, camel coat and big cigar.’
- ‘Mohair, angora, wool, cashmere, camel, alpaca, etc. are all your allies against the wind and cold.’
- ‘They also cook, play cards, sing songs, baby-sit and plait rope out of camel wool.’
- ‘I changed my camel coat for a microfiber one.’
- ‘Wear this belt with a pair of earth tone chinos or camel pants, and a pair of beige shoes.’
- ‘Don't forget to try kitten heel camel boots with a well-worn jean skirt for a racy twist.’
- ‘The staff are well attired in camel tops and black aprons.’
- 1.2 A light yellowish-brown color like that of camel hair.
hazel, chocolate-coloured, coffee-coloured, cocoa-coloured, nut-brownView synonyms
- ‘Opt for a leather couch in brown, tan, beige, or camel, but most importantly, make sure it's comfortable to sit and lie on.’
- ‘Then there is the classic, who aims for an understated look in camel, beige, cream and navy.’
- ‘A Coach catalog shows the dominant spring and summer fashion colors for women's accessories as pink, pear green, camel, white and chambray blue.’
- ‘Down the road, when you start raking in the dough, you can get yourself a pair of brown, tan, camel, and oxblood shoes to complement each and every one of your suits.’
- ‘The whole room is a zebra pelt of black and white and that colour that has been the fashion staple for so long they've invented a dozen names for it - taupe, camel, fawn, buff.’
- ‘It is best to apply this technique over natural colours such as cream, beige, camel and terracotta to achieve a quality authentic finish.’
- ‘As for suits, you can stick to colors such as camel, tan, navy, and light gray.’
- ‘Choose traditional summer colors such as white, camel, beige, and light shades of gray, blue and earth tones.’
- ‘The essential hues of the collection are blue, black, khaki, camel, barley and white.’
- ‘I suggest you wear camel or light brown shoes with a matching belt and a contrasting but matching top.’
- ‘The purse is available in black Capri Cloth with black trim, chocolate brown with tan trim, and camel with chocolate brown trim.’
- ‘The various pink hues and shades are great paired with dark chocolate brown, gray and camel.’
- ‘If you have green eyes, apply yellowish taupe, camel and heather colors.’
- ‘Makeup corresponds with fabric colours, so go natural with camel, hues of brown and black, and accent with shades of red.’
2An apparatus for raising a sunken ship, consisting of one or more watertight chests to provide buoyancy.
Old English, from Latin camelus, from Greek kamēlos, of Semitic origin.
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