Definition of camel in US English:

camel

noun

  • 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

    • ‘It was only after the Mongols tamed horses, yaks and camels that they took to a nomadic herding lifestyle.’
    • ‘Capable of carrying 200 kilograms of food, camels can work between eight and ten hours a day.’
    • ‘They are thought to share a common ancestor with the camels and dromedaries of Africa and Asia.’
    • ‘The scant rainfall is still sufficient for forage growth for goats, sheep and camels.’
    • ‘He drinks like a camel and smokes like a coal-fired power station.’
    • ‘Hunter-gatherers likely attacked and killed the giant camel when it visited one of these springs to drink, the researchers suggest.’
    • ‘Remnants of the herds ancestral to all domesticated camels may still survive in the deserts of central Asia.’
    • ‘Long-necked giraffes and camels have the same seven neck bones as do short-necked mice and men.’
    • ‘‘The children are made to train on the camels for periods lasting up to three or four hours,’ he said.’
    • ‘In more arid regions, livestock production dominates with the raising of cattle, camels, sheep, and goats.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most of it is grazed by flocks of sheep, goats, camels and cattle, often causing severe damage to vegetation.’
    • ‘At the few remaining watering holes, wolves lie in wait for wild camels.’
    • ‘Like all members of the camel family, llamas actually originated in North America, perhaps 40 million years ago.’
    • ‘Milk from camels, goats, and cows is a major food for Somali herdsmen and nomadic families.’
    • ‘When the camel lumbered to its feet it was me who was screaming with terror while my son smiled serenely.’
    • ‘Native horses and camels galloped across the plains of North America.’
    • ‘You can substitute a goat for the camel should dromederies be out of stock at your local shopping emporium.’
    • ‘After walking six miles, they find a spring, and the camels drink their fill.’
    • ‘The desert was hotter now than in his father's day and there was less food for the camels.’
    1. 1.1 A fabric made from camel hair.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mohair, angora, wool, cashmere, camel, alpaca, etc. are all your allies against the wind and cold.’
      • ‘Wear this belt with a pair of earth tone chinos or camel pants, and a pair of beige shoes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was just as thrilled when he would come up the dugout steps with his top hat, camel coat and big cigar.’
    2. 1.2 A light yellowish-brown color like that of camel hair.
      • ‘The various pink hues and shades are great paired with dark chocolate brown, gray and camel.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As for suits, you can stick to colors such as camel, tan, navy, and light gray.’
      • ‘A Coach catalog shows the dominant spring and summer fashion colors for women's accessories as pink, pear green, camel, white and chambray blue.’
      • ‘Makeup corresponds with fabric colours, so go natural with camel, hues of brown and black, and accent with shades of red.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Opt for a leather couch in brown, tan, beige, or camel, but most importantly, make sure it's comfortable to sit and lie on.’
      • ‘Choose traditional summer colors such as white, camel, beige, and light shades of gray, blue and earth tones.’
      • ‘It is best to apply this technique over natural colours such as cream, beige, camel and terracotta to achieve a quality authentic finish.’
      • ‘The purse is available in black Capri Cloth with black trim, chocolate brown with tan trim, and camel with chocolate brown trim.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then there is the classic, who aims for an understated look in camel, beige, cream and navy.’
      • ‘If you have green eyes, apply yellowish taupe, camel and heather colors.’
      hazel, chocolate-coloured, coffee-coloured, cocoa-coloured, nut-brown
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  • 2An apparatus for raising a sunken ship, consisting of one or more watertight chests to provide buoyancy.

Origin

Old English, from Latin camelus, from Greek kamēlos, of Semitic origin.

Pronunciation

camel

/ˈkaməl//ˈkæməl/