camelopard

camelopard

[kuh-mel-uh-pahrd]
noun Archaic.
a giraffe.

Origin:
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-)
 
n
an obsolete word for giraffe
 
[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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