camel

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See also: cámel, camèl, and Camel

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English camel, through Old Northern French camel (Old French chamel, modern French chameau), from Latin camēlus, from Ancient Greek κάμηλος (kámēlos), from a Semitic source, ultimately from Proto-Semitic *gamal-; compare Arabic جَمَل(jamal) and Hebrew גמל(gamál).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkæməl/
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  • Rhymes: -æməl
  • Hyphenation: ca‧mel

Noun[edit]

camel (plural camels)

  1. A beast of burden, much used in desert areas, of the genus Camelus.
    Synonym: oont (India (Anglo-Indian), Australia, colloquial)
  2. A light brownish color, like that of a camel (also called camel brown).
    camel colour:  
  3. Loaded vessels lashed tightly, one on each side of another vessel, and then emptied to reduce the draught of the ship in the middle.

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  • Coeur d'Alene: keemel

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Adjective[edit]

camel (not comparable)

  1. Of a light brown color like that of a camel.
    • 1999, New Woman, volume 29, page 212:
      [] try to select accessories that are in the same color family as your coat," says millinery designer Patricia Underwood. To pick up the weave of a brown tweed jacket, for instance, choose a camel hat and black gloves.

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Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Northern French camel, cameil, from Latin camēlus. Some forms are from or influenced by Old French chamel, chamoil.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkamɛl/, /kamˈɛːl/, /kamˈɛi̯l/
  • (From Central Old French) IPA(key): /ˈtʃamɛl/, /tʃamˈɛːl/, /tʃamˈɛi̯l/

Noun[edit]

camel (plural cameles)

  1. camel (mammal of the genus Camelus)

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

See chamel.

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camel m (oblique plural cameus, nominative singular cameus, nominative plural camel)

  1. (Old Northern French, Anglo-Norman) camel

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Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.) Compare Tocharian A cmol.

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camel ?

  1. birth