What does Camel mean?

Definitions for Camel
ˈkæm əlcamel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. camelnoun

    cud-chewing mammal used as a draft or saddle animal in desert regions


  1. camelnoun

    A beast of burden, much used in desert areas, of the genus camelus.

  2. camelnoun

    A light brownish color, tan.

  3. camelnoun

    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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Camelnoun

    An animal very common in Arabia, Judea, and the neighbouring countries. One sort is large, and full of flesh, and fit to carry burdens of a thousand pounds weight, having one bunch upon its back. Another have two bunches upon their backs, like a natural saddle, and are fit either for burdens, or men to ride on. A third kind is leaner, and of a smaller size, called dromedaries, because of their swiftness; which are generally used for riding by men of quality. See Dromedary.

    Etymology: camelus, Lat.

    Camels have large solid feet, but not hard; in the spring, their hair falls entirely off, in less than three days time, when the flies are extremely uneasy to them. Camels, it is said, will continue ten or twelve days without eating or drinking, and keep water a long time in their stomach, for their refreshment. It is reported, that nature has furnished them, for this purpose, with a very large ventricle, with many bags closed within the coats of it, round about it, for reserving the water. But the Jesuits in China, where they dissected several camels, found no such bags. When a camel is upon a journey, his master follows him, singing and whistling; and the louder he sings, the better the camel goes. The flesh of camels is served up at the best tables, among the Arabians, Persians, and other eastern nations; but the use of it was forbid the Hebrews, they being ranked by Moses among the unclean creatures, Deut. xiv. 7. Augustin Calmet.

    Patient of thirst and toil,
    Son of the desart! even the camel feels,
    Shot through his wither’d heart, the firy blast. James Thomson.


  1. camel

    Customized Applications for Mobile networks Enhanced Logic (CAMEL) is a set of standards designed to work on either a GSM core network or the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) network. The framework provides tools for operators to define additional features for standard GSM services/UMTS services. The CAMEL architecture is based on the Intelligent Network (IN) standards, and uses the CAP protocol. The protocols are codified in a series of ETSI Technical Specifications. Many services can be created using CAMEL, and it is particularly effective in allowing these services to be offered when a subscriber is roaming, like, for instance, No-prefix dialing (the number the user dials is the same no matter the country where the call is placed) or seamless MMS message access from abroad.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Camelnoun

    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 (C. Bactrianus) has two. The llama, alpaca, and vicu–a, of South America, belong to a related genus (Auchenia).

  2. Camelnoun

    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

  3. Etymology: [OE. camel, chamel, OF. camel, chamel, F. chameau L. camelus, fr. Gr. ka`mhlos; of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. gml, Ar. jamal. Cf. As. camel, fr. L. camelus.]


  1. Camel

    A camel is an even-toed ungulate within the genus Camelus, bearing distinctive fatty deposits known as "humps" on its back. The two surviving species of camel are the dromedary, or one-humped camel, which is native to the Middle East and the Horn of Africa; and the Bactrian, or two-humped camel, which inhabits Central Asia. Both species have been domesticated; they provide milk, meat, hair for textiles or goods such as felted pouches, and are working animals.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Camel

    kam′el, n. an animal of Asia and Africa with one or two humps on its back, used as a beast of burden and for riding.—adj. Cam′el-backed, hump-backed.—ns. Cam′eleer, one who drives or rides a camel; Cam′eline, camlet.—adj. Cam′elish, like a camel, obstinate.—n. Cam′elry, troops mounted on camels.—Camel's hair, the hair of the camel: the hair of the squirrel's tail used for paint-brushes; Camel's thorn, a shrub of the bean family which camels eat greedily. [L. camelus—Gr. kamēlos—Heb. gāmāl.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. camel

    See Pack and Draught Animals.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CAMEL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Camel is ranked #26630 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Camel surname appeared 915 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Camel.

    51.1% or 468 total occurrences were Black.
    32.6% or 299 total occurrences were White.
    8.3% or 76 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3.8% or 35 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3.5% or 32 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 5 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. calme

  2. cleam

  3. macle

  4. clame

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Camel in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Camel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Camel in a Sentence

  1. Tony Oppedisano:

    He was incredibly personable, very giving, very caring, very compassionate. The press painted him with that rough exterior, but for the most part, he was just a regular guy. I remember I had gotten a call that my dad was being taken to a hospital in New York. As you can imagine, I wasn’t in the most jovial mood. Frank was doing his best to cheer me up… I remember I went to the bathroom and when I came out, lo and behold, there’s Frank. He had emptied out a pack of unfiltered Camel cigarettes. He stuck like four cigarettes in each ear, three cigarettes in each nostril. And he had about 12 cigarettes across his lips. And he’s just staring at me like that.

  2. Justice Clarence Thomas:

    One could be manageable. But 100 could be impossible, at some point there's the straw that breaks the camel's back.

  3. African Proverb:

    A camel never sees its own hump.

  4. Teachers Interim President Ivy Bailey:

    Working without pay is the straw that breaks the camel’s back, teachers have mortgage payments, utility bills, grocery bills. Being paid for their work is n’t a luxury, it’s a necessity.

  5. Dawn Zimmerman:

    In some parts of Kenya, we have been teaching people to plug holes in their roofs to prevent bats from entering or teaching them to boil camel's milk before drinking it to kill off the pathogens.

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    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
    • A. abash
    • B. embellish
    • C. rumpus
    • D. elate

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