camel

Definitions

  • Two dromedary, or Arabian, camels, one standing, the other lying down
    Two dromedary, or Arabian, camels, one standing, the other lying down
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n camel cud-chewing mammal used as a draft or saddle animal in desert regions
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The camel is laden with items, and two small children are in hanging bags on the side The camel is laden with items, and two small children are in hanging bags on the side
The princess watches the bird carrying the camels The princess watches the bird carrying the camels
The Little Jackal and the Camel The Little Jackal and the Camel
Camel caravan Camel caravan
RAJPUT CAMEL-RIDER'S BELT RAJPUT CAMEL-RIDER'S BELT
RAJPUT CAMEL GUNS RAJPUT CAMEL GUNS
THE LEADING CAMEL OF A KAFILA THE LEADING CAMEL OF A KAFILA
A PERI ON A CAMEL A PERI ON A CAMEL

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Abdul Kassam Ismael, Grand Vizier of Persia in the tenth century, carried his library with him wherever he went. Four hundred camels carried the 117,000 volumes
    • camel (Zoöl) 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).
    • camel (Naut) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The world camel population is close to 19 million
    • n camel A large ruminant quadruped of the family Camelidœ, genus Camelus, used in Asia and Africa as a beast of burden. There are two distinct species of camels: The Arabian camel, C. dromedarius, with one hump, and four callosities on the fore legs and two on the hind legs. It is a native of Arabia, and is now known only in the domesticated state; it is used chiefly in Arabia and Egypt. There are several breeds or artificial varieties. The dromedary is one of these, being simply a “blooded” or thoroughbred camel of great speed and bottom, used as a saddle-animal, and comparing with the heavier and slower varieties as a race-horse does with a cart-horse; it is not a different animal zoologically speaking. The Bactrian camel, C. bactrianus, with two humps, of which there are also different breeds. The name camel is sometimes applied to the species of the American genus Auchenia, as the llama, alpaca, and vicuña, collectively known as the camels of the new world. The Arabian camel is poetically called the ship of the desert. Camels constitute the riches of an Arabian; without them he could not subsist, carry on trade, or travel over sandy deserts. Their milk and flesh are used for food and their hides for leather, and their hair is a valuable article of trade and manufacture. By the camel's power of sustaining abstinence from drink for many days, due to the reserve it can carry in its peculiarly constructed cellular stomach, and of subsisting on a few coarse, dry, prickly plants, it is especially fitted for the parched and barren lands of Asia and Africa. Camels carry from 600 to 1,000 pounds burden.
    • n camel 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. It is first filled with water and sunk alongside the vessel, to which it is then secured. As the water is pumped out, the camel gradually rises, lifting the vessel with it. Camels have also been used for raising sunken vessels.
    • n camel 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The hump of a camel can weigh up to 35 kilograms
    • n Camel kam′el an animal of Asia and Africa with one or two humps on its back, used as a beast of burden and for riding
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Quotations

  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “Do not free the camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.”
  • Baltasar Gracian
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    “At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, at eighty a nothing at all.”
  • Joe E. Lewis
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    “I distrust camels, and anyone else who can go a week without a drink.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “A camel is a horse designed by a committee.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A camel looks like a horse that was planned by a committee.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “It is easier for a camel to pass through they eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.”

Idioms

Straw that broke the camel's back - The straw that broke the camel's back is the problem that made you lose your temper or the problem that finally brought about the collapse of something.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Oe. camel, chamel, OF. camel, chamel, F. chameau, L. camelus, fr. Gr. ka`mhlos; of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. gāmāl, Ar. jamal,. Cf. As. camel, fr. L. camelus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. camelus—Gr. kamēlos—Heb. gāmāl.

Usage

In literature:

And on the whole, this exclamation was entirely suitable, for ambling toward them were a long-legged camel and a wobbly-necked dromedary.
"The Royal Book of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
As the Camel grazed, this leading-string became entangled in a bush, and the Camel could not get it loose.
"The Talking Thrush" by William Crooke
We're going to take over where the French Camel Corps left off and police North Africa.
"Border, Breed Nor Birth" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Our Camels are mystery enough to suit me.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
Cyrus concluded to make the experiment of opposing these camels to the cavalry.
"Cyrus the Great" by Jacob Abbott
Camels or no camels, ye've got to march all night, for ye'll never draw rein till we're safe back at Geergeh!
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
She took off the sacks at once and sent the camel away.
"Indian Fairy Tales" by Anonymous
Melancholy as was the situation of the self-caught camel, it was a joyful sight to those who beheld it.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
There are bags of camel leather that Miss Barbara would enjoy having.
"The Egyptian Cat Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
In one field twelve camel teams were plowing the sod.
"A Trip to the Orient" by Robert Urie Jacob
It is a fact worthy of mention that the cocoanut palm, like the camel, is always found associated with man.
"The Pearl of India" by Maturin M. Ballou
They had two camels, loaded with bales which might very well contain cloth.
"Barclay of the Guides" by Herbert Strang
Near the middle of the following day, he saw a large procession of horses and camels coming over the plain, to the column of El Serujah.
"Tales of the Caravan, Inn, and Palace." by William Hauff
With stately lope a camel was pursuing its majestic way.
"Adventures of Bindle" by Herbert George Jenkins
Only yesterday a caravan of two thousand camels arrived from Harar in the Galla country.
"Guy in the Jungle" by William Murray Graydon
Our camel caravans became meaningless.
"Black Man's Burden" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
In the last foray the animal was captured with some camels and several other horses.
"The Scarlet Banner" by Felix Dahn
Behind the musicians came a camel carrying a machine, something like Punch's show-box, covered with gilding.
"What We Saw in Egypt" by Anonymous
How strange it looks to see a camel harnessed to a plow!
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
Far below, on the opposite bank, a caravan of heavily loaded camels passed silently.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
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In poetry:

"The camel will not stir a peg
Until his fill he's drunk;
The elephant is loud and cross
Until he checks his trunk;
"August" by Nancy Byrd Turner
Sooner a camel, to and fro,
May through a small-ey'd needle go,
Than misers cruel, and unkind,
To heaven can an entrance find.
"Godly Exhortations To A Child " by Rees Prichard
When afar he sees the palm-trees
Cresting o'er the lonely well,
When he hears the pleasant tinkle
Of the distant camel's bell:
"The Buried Flower" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun
Down English lanes a camel walks,
Or untrammelled flies.
But I, wakeful and watching, see
How chilly out of the clothes he lies.
"A Dream Observed" by Anne Ridler
Red Earl, and will ye take for guide
The silly camel-birds,
That ye bury your head in an Irish thorn,
On a desert of drifting words?
"The Ballad of the Red Earl" by Rudyard Kipling
Perhaps the camels of the Ishmaelite
Trampled and passed it o'er,
When into Egypt from the patriarch's sight
His favorite son they bore.
"By The Fireside : Sand Of The Desert In An Hour-Glass" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

GLENDALE, Calif (AP) — It wasn't a typical jam up that slowed traffic Southern California's Glendale — it was a runaway circus camel.
It wasn't a typical jam up that slowed traffic Southern California's Glendale _ it was a runaway circus camel.
Camel escapes circus , runs through Calif streets.
Circus camel takes detour through Calif city.
When the Camels Go for a Walk.
The three camels starring in a Christmas show Nativity scene, from left, are Ted, Gabby and Carol.
Jesus said, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into Heaven".
Larry Camel's passion to save Saginaw.
Camel escapes circus, runs through Calif streets.
The question of disclosure of the CAMEL is not such an important question that requires much mental consideration.
We fed kangaroos, giraffes and camels.
In Denver, a pack of Camels runs about three bucks.
More than 50 exotic animals, including camels and tigers, escaped from a private Zanesville, Ohio, preserve, with 48 later killed by law enforcement in Muskingum County.
Proud parents Saarai and Humphrey last week welcomed the birth of the Cincinnati Zoo's first baby camel in nearly 30 years.
Have you ever seen a camel in a four-door sedan.
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In science:

In order to compare CPU and memory consumption in new and old algorithms we performed some tests for function Camel included in TFDISTR class.
Upgrade of the Cellular General Purpose Monte Carlo Tool FOAM to version 2.06
My first reflection is that it is not easy to prepare a single system (which is sufficiently massive) in e.g. camel type state – with two domains of essential concentration of the wave function which are sufficiently far from each other (comparing with the velocity of light).
Detection model based on representation of quantum particles by classical random fields: Born's rule and beyond
If it is really the case then one should work with the camel-like states of photons.
Detection model based on representation of quantum particles by classical random fields: Born's rule and beyond
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