from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere in the large space between Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, and Perseus.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A faint circumpolar constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a giraffe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of ruminant quadrupeds: same as Giraffa.
- n. A northern constellation formed by Bartsch and named by Hevelius. It is situated between Cepheus, Perseus, Ursa Major and Minor, and Draco. As given by Hevelius, the name was Camelopardalus.
Latin camēlopardalis, camelopard; see camelopard.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First recorded by the astronomer Jakob Bartsch in 1624, but probably created earlier by Petrus Plancius. From Latin camēlopardalis ("a camelopard, giraffe"). (Wiktionary)