Meaning of camelopard in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkamɪlə(ʊ)pɑːd/ /kəˈmɛləpɑːd/

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  • A giraffe.

    ‘The Greeks called the giraffe a camelopard, describing the animal as possessing a camel's body but wearing a leopard's coat.’
    • ‘The moustache drawn on the camelopard is said to have been modeled after the moustache of Thomas Glover.’
    • ‘The camelopard has short horns, covered with hair, truncated at the end, and tufted with hair.’
    • ‘Before us stood, with their heads lifted high up, a troop of eighteen or twenty giraffes, or camelopards.’
    • ‘It is believed that the camelopard represented characteristics of both ‘parents’, namely a valiant warrior that would patiently persevere to the end.’


Late Middle English via Latin from Greek kamēlopardalis, from kamēlos ‘camel’ + pardalis (see pard).