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Meaning of camel

cam•el

Pronunciation: (kam'ul), [key]
— n.
  1. either of two large, humped, ruminant quadrupeds of the genus Camelus, of the Old World. Cf. Bactrian camel, dromedary.
  2. a color ranging from yellowish tan to yellowish brown.
  3. Also calleda spin done in an arabesque position.
    1. Also calledpontoon.a float for lifting a deeply laden vessel sufficiently to allow it to cross an area of shallow water.
    2. a float serving as a fender between a vessel and a pier or the like.
    3. caisson (def. 3a).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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