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Definitions for giraffe
dʒəˈræf; esp. Brit. -ˈrɑfgi·raffe

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. giraffe, camelopard, Giraffa camelopardalisnoun

    tallest living quadruped; having a spotted coat and small horns and very long neck and legs; of savannahs of tropical Africa

GCIDE

  1. giraffenoun

    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.

Wiktionary

  1. giraffenoun

    A ruminant, of the genus Giraffa, of the African savannah with long legs and highly elongated neck, which make it the tallest living animal; yellow fur patterned with dark spots, often in the form of a network; and two or more short, skin-covered horns.

  2. giraffenoun

    A laugh.

    Are you having a giraffe?!

  3. Etymology: From giraffe (now girafe), from زرافة, from Somali Geri, from ܙܵܪܝܼܦܵܐ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Giraffenoun

    an African ruminant (Camelopardalis giraffa) related to the deers and antelopes, but placed in a family by itself; the camelopard. It is the tallest of 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

  2. Etymology: [F. girafe, Sp. girafa, from Ar. zurfa, zarfa.]

Freebase

  1. Giraffe

    The giraffe is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. Its species name refers to its camel-like appearance and the patches of color on its fur. Its chief distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs, its horn-like ossicones and its distinctive coat patterns. It stands 5–6 m tall and has an average weight of 1,600 kg for males and 830 kg for females. It is classified under the family Giraffidae, along with its closest extant relative, the okapi. The nine subspecies are distinguished by their coat patterns. The giraffe's scattered range extends from Chad in the north to South Africa in the south, and from Niger in the west to Somalia in the east. Giraffes usually inhabit savannas, grasslands, and open woodlands. Their primary food source is acacia leaves, which they browse at heights most other herbivores cannot reach. Giraffes are preyed on by lions, and calves are also targeted by leopards, spotted hyenas and wild dogs. Adult giraffes do not have strong social bonds, though they do gather in loose aggregations if they happen to be moving in the same general direction. Males establish social hierarchies through "necking", which are combat bouts where the neck is used as a weapon. Dominant males gain mating access to females, which bear the sole responsibility for raising the young.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Giraffe

    ji-raf′, n. the camelopard, an African quadruped with remarkably long neck and legs. [Fr.,—Sp. girafa—Ar. zarāf.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. GIRAFFE

    The champion rubber-neck of the world, and the longest thirst on record.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of giraffe in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of giraffe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of giraffe in a Sentence

  1. Adam Hartstone-Rose:

    There are interesting philosophical questions too, because we don't know how to tell when a giraffe perceives the sun, but we know they are affected by this.

  2. Tom De Meulenaer:

    The giraffe is in the wild much rarer than African elephants, much rarer, we are talking about a few tens of thousands of giraffes, and we talk about a few hundreds of thousands of African elephants. So we need to be careful.

  3. Dominique Keller:

    Hasina was a healthy giraffe in her prime, so we were hopeful that she would survive, following the procedure, Hasina was standing on her own, which is a positive sign, but in the end she may have been too weak from the experience.

  4. Glen Afric Country Lodge:

    The accident occurred after filming with animals had come to an end and the giraffe was moved off the set by animal wranglers who were in attendance.

  5. Zoe Muller:

    The most surprising thing for me is that it has taken until 2021 to recognize that giraffes have a complex social system. We have known for decades about other species of socially complex mammal, such as elephants, primates and cetaceans, but it is baffling to me how such a charismatic and well-known species as the giraffe could have been so understudied until recently.

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