Definition of 'giraffe'


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1. 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. Cockney rhyming slang A laugh.

3. An African ruminant mammal (Giraffa camelopardalis) having a very long neck and legs, a tan coat with orange-brown to black blotches, and short horns. It is the tallest land animal, often reaching a height of 5 meters (16 feet).

4. (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.

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

6. 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.

7. A kind of upright spinet, used toward the end of the eighteenth century.

8. [capitalized] The constellation Camelopardalis.

9. Same as giraffe-fever.

10. In mining, a car of peculiar construction, used in the mines on the Comstock lode, to run on the inclines.


1. Expect to be snapping white elephants, giraffes and stunning views as the sun dips behind palm trees.

2. They have now asked for elephants or giraffes instead.

3. Why do giraffes have long necks?

4. The giraffe sticks his neck out.

5. There is also an incongruous pink giraffe and white elephant in the stained-glass window over the main door.

6. I was amazed to see a giraffe being born.

7. I think most of them were surprised to see a giraffe handing out bananas.

8. HAS this elephant become a giant - or has the giraffe seen underneath it trunk in size.

9. Why didn't the crowd use the sound of an elephant, giraffe or tiger then?

10. I suppose it is quite rare to see a giraffe playing the drums, so people can be quite generous.

11. And because she had always dreamed of going on safari for her 40th birthday she decided to install a stone giraffe and elephant in their garden.

12. You'll sleep in luxury tented camps and share the desert environment with elephants, rhinos and giraffes.

13. I was incredibly lucky to have seen a giraffe in its natural habitat, but that sort of stuff is wasted on a 10-year-old.

14. In fact, the giraffe is the national symbol and animal in Tanzania and off limits to hunt.

15. But instead it's, 'ICP said a giraffe is a miracle.

16. The shadow cast by the giraffe is a giveaway, he says.

17. Other gifts there were, an elephant of crystal, very cunningly wrought, and a monster which they call a giraffe, also of crystal, and draughts and chessmen, all finely made.

18. And because that giraffe is healthier and lives longer, it has more opportunities to mate and pass on its long neck to offspring.

19. In the comments section, one reader says the giraffe is probably a cutout of a photo that's been taped to the window.

20. By the way, have you noticed if you read the word giraffe several times, it begins to look as if it's misspelled?

21. That last picture with the striped giraffe is killing me.

22. ‘It's been observed in many other bird species besides parrots and macaws, as well as elephants, macaques, giraffes, rhinos and chimpanzees.’

23. ‘The first deer and giraffes also appear, along with the first hyenas.’

24. ‘The roads and pathways are lined with sculpted, totem-like lamp-posts in the shape of equine beasts, including giraffes, horses or deer.’

25. ‘Okapis and giraffes are very different in their ecology and behavior.’

26. ‘The zoo offices were once the airport club house and the old hangers are now used as the living area of a giraffe and the Indian elephants.’

27. ‘These animals include giraffes, penguins, macaques, bonobos, and geese.’

28. ‘As for the movie scenario, what if several zebras, hippos, giraffes, and lions were introduced to the island?’

29. ‘The preserve is home to elephants, giraffes, zebra, and various species of antelope and monkey.’

30. ‘While at a Kenyan beach resort last month they decided to return to the Maasai Mara animal reserves to see animals such as giraffes, lions and elephants.’

31. ‘Our fathers used to hunt giraffes, water-bucks and antelopes and eat their meet.’

32. ‘But Madagascar's landscape may not be a bad fit for lions, giraffes, zebras, and hippos.’

33. ‘A good idea is to board the little train which encircles the zoo enclosure and allows you to see the giraffes, hippos, zebra, camels and rhinos.’

34. ‘The geophone is capable of tracking not only elephants, but also other large mammals, including giraffes and lions.’

35. ‘The long neck of the giraffe and the short neck of the hippopotamus are both explained by the theory.’

36. ‘The desire to reach higher leaves led to longer necks, and later on, the giraffes ' offspring inherited that physical trait.’

37. ‘There are 1,000 animals, including tigers, giraffes, even rhinos.’

38. ‘Imagine a world without giraffes, zebras and antelope, except locked in cages for the paying public.’

39. ‘The hippos snorted, the rhinos dozed and the giraffes nervously darted about as the hammer fell yesterday at Africa's largest wild animal auction.’

40. ‘Imagine all of these scholars bringing exotic animals like giraffes back from distant lands to London and people gawking at them.’

41. ‘Long-necked giraffes and camels have the same seven neck bones as do short-necked mice and men.’

42. there are two giraffes at the city zoo

Other users have misspelling giraffe as:

1. gereffi 7.69%

2. giraff 7.1%

3. girrafe 6.51%

4. jeraff 4.14%

5. giraf 4.14%

6. girraffe 2.37%

7. Other 68.05%

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