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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Camelidae — the camels.


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From Latin camelus ("camel")


  • In the Bible, this refers to the single-humped Arab dromedary Camelus dromedarius.

    Modern Science in the Bible

  • This ecoregion has historically supported populations of wild ungulates including goitered gazelle, blue sheep, wild yak, Asiatic wild ass, and argali as well as predators such as brown bears, wolves and lynx, as well as the rare Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus) and Przewalski's horse (Equus przewalskii).

    Qaidam Basin semi-desert

  • Qaidam Basin is one of the few places in China where Bactrian camels (Camelus bactrianus) and Przewalski's horse (Equus przewalskii) have been reported in recent years, although it is unlikely that either of these severely endangered mammals remains in the Qaidam Basin today.

    Qaidam Basin semi-desert

  • Some of the last remaining wild Bactrian camels (Camelus ferus) survive in Great Gobi National Park, which extends into both the Junggar Basin and the Alashan Plateau, the adjacent ecoregion to the east.

    Junggar Basin semi-desert

  • Bactrian camels (Camelus ferus) used to roam widely through this ecoregion, but are now extirpated within China except for one population in the southeastern part of the Taklimakan Desert.

    Alashan Plateau semi-desert

  • This reserve supports one of the two remaining populations of wild Bactrian camels (Camelus ferus).

    Alashan Plateau semi-desert

  • In 1999, in “Lulu, Queen of the Camels,” Cullen Murphy investigated how Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the Emirati prince who has been a dominant force in thoroughbred racing for many years, has pioneered the resurgence of another ancient sport, this one featuring Camelus dromedarius — camel racing, the sport of sheikhs.

    The Sport of Kings

  • However, the lack of the original wild form in a species that has become domesticated or at least semi-domesticated is not unprecedented nor unusual: Dromedaries Camelus dromedarius, for example, only exist in the wild today in feral form, and are otherwise entirely domesticated, and the wild ancestors of modern domestic horses and cattle are entirely extinct.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • As Camelus in the novel, who lost his ears while he was looking for a pair of horns.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Qui rationem corporis non habent, sed cogunt mortalem immortali, terrestrem aethereae aequalem praestare industriam: Caeterum ut Camelo usu venit, quod ei bos praedixerat, cum eidem servirent domino et parte oneris levare illum Camelus recusasset, paulo post et ipsius curem, et totum onus cogeretur gestare (quod mortuo bove impletum) Ita animo quoque contingit, dum defatigato corpori, &c.

    Anatomy of Melancholy


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