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camelopard

[kuh-mel-uh-pahrd] /kəˈmɛl əˌpɑrd/
noun, Archaic.
1.
a giraffe.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin camēlopardus, for Latin camēlopardālis < Greek kamēlopárdalis giraffe, equivalent to kámēlo(s) camel + pardalis pard
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camelopard

/ˈkæmɪləˌpɑːd; kəˈmɛl-/
noun
1.
an obsolete word for giraffe
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin camēlopardus, from Greek kamēlopardalis, from kamēloscamel + pardalisleopard, because the giraffe was thought to have a head like a camel's and spots like a leopard's
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