A giraffe, which a very small number of people in Europe would have seen. It was supposed to bear some resemblance to a camel, while its spots were likened to those of the leopard.

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  • Camelopard — Ca*mel o*pard (k[.a]*m[e^]l [ o]*p[aum]rd or k[a^]m [e^]l*[ o]*p[aum]rd; 277), n. [LL. camelopardus, L. camelopardalus, camelopardalis, fr. Gr. kamhlopa rdalis; ka mhlos a camel + pa rdalis pard, leopard: cf. F. cam[ e]lopard. The camelopard has… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • camelopard — [kə mel′ə pärd΄] n. [LL camelopardus < L camelopardalus < Gr kamēlopardalis < kamēlos, CAMEL + pardalis, pard, leopard: so called from neck (like a camel s) and spots (like a pard s)] former name for GIRAFFE …   English World dictionary

  • camelopard — noun Etymology: Late Latin camelopardus, alteration of Latin camelopardalis, from Greek kamēlopardalis, from kamēlos camel + pardalis leopard Date: 14th century 1. archaic giraffe 2. capitalized Camelopardalis …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • camelopard — /keuh mel euh pahrd /, n. Archaic. a giraffe. [1350 1400; ME < ML camelopardus, for L camelopardalis < Gk kamelopárdalis giraffe, equiv. to kámelo(s) CAMEL + pardalis PARD] * * * …   Universalium

  • camelopard — noun A giraffe. Syn: giraffe …   Wiktionary

  • camélopard — (ka mé lo par) s. m. Girafe. Vieux. ÉTYMOLOGIE    En grec, chameau (voy. chameau) et panthère : parce que la girafe est tachetée comme la panthère …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • camelopard — n. type of giraffe …   English contemporary dictionary

  • camelopard — [ kamɪlə(ʊ)pα:d, kə mɛləpα:d] noun archaic a giraffe. Origin ME: via L. from Gk kamēlopardalis, from kamēlos camel + pardalis (see pard) …   English new terms dictionary

  • camelopard — n. Giraffe …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • camelopard — ca·mel·o·pard …   English syllables

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