giraffe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n giraffe tallest living quadruped; having a spotted coat and small horns and very long neck and legs; of savannahs of tropical Africa
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The heart of an adult giraffe weighs on average 26 pounds
    • n giraffe jĭ*răf" (Zoöl) An African ruminant (Giraffa camelopardalis formerly Camelopardalis giraffa) related to the deers and antelopes, but placed in a family (Giraffidae) by itself; the camelopard. It is the tallest of quadriped animals, being sometimes twenty feet from the hoofs to the top of the head. Its neck is very long, and its fore legs are much longer than its hind legs. There are three types, having different patterns of spots on the pelt and different territories: the Reticulated Giraffe, the Masai Giraffe, and the Uganda Giraffe. Intermediate crosses are also observed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The tallest mammal in the world is the giraffe
    • n giraffe The camelopard, Giraffa camelopardalis or Camelopardalis giraffa, a ruminant animal inhabiting various parts of Africa, and constituting the only species of its genus and family. It is the tallest of all animals, a full-grown male reaching the height of 18 or 20 feet. This great stature is mainly due to the extraordinary length of the neck, in which, however, there are but seven vertebræ, as is usual in mammals. It has two bony excrescences on its head resembling horns covered with skin. It feeds upon the leaves of trees, which its great height and its prehensile and extensile tongue enable it to procure easily. It rarely attempts to pick up food from the ground. Its color is usually light-fawn marked with darker spots, and passing into white on the under parts and some portions of the limbs. It is a mild and inoffensive animal, and in captivity is very gentle and playful.
    • n giraffe [capitalized] The constellation Camelopardalis.
    • n giraffe In mining, a car of peculiar construction, used in the mines on the Comstock lode, to run on the inclines.
    • n giraffe A kind of upright spinet, used toward the end of the eighteenth century.
    • n giraffe Same as giraffe-fever.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Giraffes and humans have the same amount of vertebrae in their necks.
    • n Giraffe ji-raf′ the camelopard, an African quadruped with remarkably long neck and legs.
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Quotations

  • Pablo Picasso
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    “God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just keeps on trying other things.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. girafe, Sp. girafa, from Ar. zurāfa, zarāfa,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Sp. girafa—Ar. zarāf.

Usage

In literature:

Two things had disturbed him: the bad luck of meeting a lying-down elephant and the fact that a giraffe was with the herd.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
So if a lion by himself wants to attack a giraffe, he must first stalk the giraffe stealthily, and then jump on it suddenly.
"The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
Nothing more of the giraffes was seen; and on the next day the party started off on the spoor of the giraffes they had seen.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
They will even overpower a giraffe or a buffalo.
"Harper's Young People, January 20, 1880" by Various
It always had two elephants, at least, and four or five camels, and sometimes there was a giraffe.
"A Boy's Town" by W. D. Howells
GIRAFFE, co-ordination of structure of, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Whoever has seen a giraffe gallop will long remember the sight as a ludicrous one.
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
Whence the long neck and high withers of the giraffe?
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
An elephant realised 750 pounds, and a giraffe 400 pounds.
"Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria's Reign" by John Ashton
Giraffe gave a scornful laugh.
"The Boy Scouts in the Maine Woods" by Herbert Carter
Where is your giraffe comb and your bow?
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
Keep on praising me, Miss Lavine, and I'll grow as tall as a giraffe.
"Wyn's Camping Days" by Amy Bell Marlowe
Get busy now, Giraffe!
"The Boy Scouts in the Blue Ridge" by Herbert Carter
That giraffe cow, so plump, so well coloured, upon which Sinikwe's eye is now fiercely rivetted, is young, but full grown.
"Tales of South Africa" by H.A. Bryden
I have chased the antelope and the buffalo, hunted the quagga and the giraffe.
"My Kalulu, Prince, King and Slave" by Henry M. Stanley
I never like shooting a giraffe when I can help it.
"The Young Colonists" by G.A. Henty
I never saw such a giraffe.
"Camp and Trail" by Stewart Edward White
The giraffe has no more than the pig.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 354, April 1845" by Various
Just think of how long things taste good in a Giraffe's throat.
"Harper's Round Table, September 17, 1895" by Various
A boy had been seen on the turnpike-road coming towards Sweet Apple Hill, leading a giraffe.
"Harper's Round Table, September 24, 1895" by Various
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In poetry:

The tall giraffe, the Moon's bright horn,
The shining waterfall,
I saw in the bright-limbed animal
I danced with in the hall.
"Man With Girl" by Walter James Turner
We gazed upon the grave giraffe,
re-felt the awe of his great height.
Of course the monkeys made us laugh,
the seals caught fish for our delight.
"AT THE ZOO" by Wilhelmina Stitch
A Scotchman whose name was Isbister
Had a maiden giraffe he called "sister"
When she said "Oh, be mine,
Be my sweet Valentine!"
He just shinned up her long neck and kissed her.
"A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister" by Ellis Parker Butler
I'm jolly glad I haven't got a neck like a giraffe.
I'd want to tie it in a knot and shorten it by half.
or, as I wear my collars high, how laundry men would gloat!
And what a lot of beer I'd buy to lubricate my throat!
"Resignation" by Robert W Service

In news:

Zoo escapees Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Gloria the hippo and Melman the giraffe join a circus in the hopes of getting back home to New York City.
You can look at giraffes as they look at you at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne .
Giraffe scared by tree lighting.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo celebrates newborn giraffe.
Newborn baby giraffe gets to know his mum.
"We've got two giraffes outside, and we've got some cheetahs inside," Drake said.
Complete with mock giraffes and penguins, a life-sized replica of Noah 's Ark has opened to the public in the Netherlands just in time for the Mayan apocalypse.
Six Flags Welcomes Baby Giraffe, Names It after Giants Outfielder .
San Francisco Giants outfielder Brandon Belt now has a giraffe named after him at.
This giraffe was spotted today in an open field in Salisbury.
Let's face it, anyone who is anyone needs their very own mini-giraffe.
First tiny dogs, then tiny pigs and now tiny giraffes.
Mind the hilarity index—and the giraffe outfits.
The Blue Giraffe restaurant in the Periwinkle Shops touches on all of them.
New Year's Eve: Dutch giraffes soothed by pop music .
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In science:

At first sight, it might seem too challenging to deri ve velocity fields of compact galaxies ( rhal f ∼ 0.5 arcsec), using the GIRAFFE/IFU with 0.52 arcsec microlenses.
3D spectroscopy with VLT/GIRAFFE - II: Are Luminous Compact Galaxies merger remnants ?
Due to the low spatial resolution of GIRAFFE, we choose to classify this galaxy as rotating disk rather than perturbed rotation.
3D spectroscopy with VLT/GIRAFFE - II: Are Luminous Compact Galaxies merger remnants ?
In Flores et al. (2004 & 2006), we illustrated the ability of GIRAFFE to recover regular velocity fie lds of distant rotating disks.
3D spectroscopy with VLT/GIRAFFE - II: Are Luminous Compact Galaxies merger remnants ?
The question is then to demonstrate the ability of GIRAFFE to recover also more complex velocity fields in distant galaxies.
3D spectroscopy with VLT/GIRAFFE - II: Are Luminous Compact Galaxies merger remnants ?
The result is illustrated in Figure 2: GIRAFFE smoothes the velocity fields (and thereby underestimates the velocity gradient) but no artificial fea tures are created.
3D spectroscopy with VLT/GIRAFFE - II: Are Luminous Compact Galaxies merger remnants ?
Right: velocity field of the same galaxy as could have been see n by GIRAFFE (0.6 seeing and 0.52 arcsec/pixel) with a simple 5x5 interpolation and assuming the same spatial extension.
3D spectroscopy with VLT/GIRAFFE - II: Are Luminous Compact Galaxies merger remnants ?
Using hydrodynamical simulations of an Sbc (Milky-Way like) galaxy by Cox et al. (2004), we simulated our GIRAFFE observations assuming median atmospherical conditions at ESO VLT (0.81 arcsec seeing at 500 nm and an outer scale for the turbulence of 24 m, see Tokovinin 2002).
3D spectroscopy with VLT/GIRAFFE - II: Are Luminous Compact Galaxies merger remnants ?
We scaled this template galaxy (Vrot = 160 km/s and inc = 53 degrees) to fill boxes of length ranging from 0.75 to 6 arcsec t o mimic distant galaxies, and then compared the kinematics seen by GIRAFFE with the original simulation (see Figure A.1).
3D spectroscopy with VLT/GIRAFFE - II: Are Luminous Compact Galaxies merger remnants ?
We found that for spiral galaxies with sizes between 2 and 3 arcsec, GIRAFFE is able to correctly recover the maximal rotational velocity, although it is underestimated by ∼ 20 %.
3D spectroscopy with VLT/GIRAFFE - II: Are Luminous Compact Galaxies merger remnants ?
Due to its low spatial sampling, the GIRAFFE IFU leads to underestimate Vrot by a factor 1.2 ± 0.04 for galaxies sizes between 2 and 3 arcsec.
3D spectroscopy with VLT/GIRAFFE - II: Are Luminous Compact Galaxies merger remnants ?
Due to the low GIRAFFE spatial sampling, σ will tend to be overestimated, since the coarse pixel size integrates large scale motions (rotation for a spiral galaxy).
3D spectroscopy with VLT/GIRAFFE - II: Are Luminous Compact Galaxies merger remnants ?
We then corrected the GIRAFFE intensity weighted mean σ using this recipe and from this estimated the mass supported by velocity dispersion (see Table A.1 and Figure A.2).
3D spectroscopy with VLT/GIRAFFE - II: Are Luminous Compact Galaxies merger remnants ?
Giraffe diagrams” entering the light-by-light scattering contribution to the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon.
Moriond QCD 2002: Theoretical Summary
Giraffe fibers were pointed to the centres of galaxies, where one would not expect asymmetries of the LOSVD profiles, we did not fit h3 and h4 .
Formation and Evolution of Dwarf Elliptical Galaxies
MPFS and Giraffe data for galaxies with relatively old stellar population (about 5 Gyr).
Formation and Evolution of Dwarf Elliptical Galaxies
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