from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A humped, long-necked ruminant mammal of the genus Camelus, domesticated in Old World desert regions as a beast of burden and as a source of wool, milk, and meat.
- n. A device used to raise sunken objects, consisting of a hollow structure that is submerged, attached tightly to the object, and pumped free of water. Also called caisson.
- n. Sports A spin in figure skating that is performed in an arabesque or modified arabesque position.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A beast of burden, much used in desert areas, of the genus Camelus.
- n. A light brownish color, tan.
- n. Loaded vessels lashed tightly, one on each side of a another vessel, and then emptied to reduce the draught of the ship in the middle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large ruminant used in Asia and Africa for carrying burdens and for riding. The camel is remarkable for its ability to go a long time without drinking. Its hoofs are small, and situated at the extremities of the toes, and the weight of the animal rests on the callous. The dromedary (Camelus dromedarius) has one bunch on the back, while the Bactrian camel (Camelus Bactrianus) has two. The llama, alpaca, and vicuña, of South America, belong to a related genus (Auchenia).
- n. A water-tight structure (as a large box or boxes) used to assist a vessel in passing over a shoal or bar or in navigating shallow water. By admitting water, the camel or camels may be sunk and attached beneath or at the sides of a vessel, and when the water is pumped out the vessel is lifted.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large ruminant quadruped of the family Camelidœ, genus Camelus, used in Asia and Africa as a beast of burden.
- n. A water-tight structure placed beneath a ship or vessel to raise it in the water, in order to assist its passage over a shoal or bar, or to enable it to be navigated in shallow water.
- n. A French imitation of this fabric; a warm and light woolen cloth with a gloss, but having long hairs standing up upon it. Dict. of Needlework.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. cud-chewing mammal used as a draft or saddle animal in desert regions
For instance, in the passage about a camel going through the eye of a needle, it will make a difference in the sense, whether you read in the Greek word for _camel_ the oriental animal of that name, or a ship's cable; but no difference at all arises in the spiritual doctrine.
Unless you've been hiding under an unfashionable rock for the past year, you'll have the word camel firmly rooted in your fashionista lexicon.
Everyone has heard the joke that a camel is a horse designed by a committee.
They do say a camel is a horse designed by a committee … on September 7, 2008 at 11: 57 am | Reply Bob
Like the camel, we have an unusual structure, but remember that the camel is an exceedingly intelligent, useful animal which has successfully resisted displacement by modern transportation methods.
This evaporation principle was also adopted to lower the temperature inside ambulances by means of a cuscus tatty; this consisted of a four-sided wooden frame with chicken wire front and rear, the cavity was filled with what we called camel thorn.
Africa and Arabia, the camel is a sacred and precious gift.
Though the camel is a heavy beast of burden, the dromedary, which is either of the same or of a kindred species, is used by the natives of Asia and Africa on all occasions which require celerity.
If a camel is being used to bring books, how else might children around the world get library books?
The article explained how a camel is being used to deliver books to remote areas near Garissa, Kenya.
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