Definition of ship of the desert in US English:

ship of the desert

noun

literary
  • A camel.

    • ‘The river was mostly a trickle and the going fairly tough, with much scrambling over large rocks, but the ships of the desert took it well.’
    • ‘Thanks to God for creating camel, the ‘ship of the desert’, with all its saintly traits of survival.’
    • ‘For Lawrence the camel was indeed a ship of the desert.’
    • ‘But biotechnologists believe the ship of the desert may still have much to offer humanity due to its remarkable resistance to disease.’
    • ‘Trying to focus, he saw the familiar homely face of what was fondly and sometimes not so fondly known as the ship of the desert: a camel.’
    • ‘It must have been a long journey for these ships of the desert.’