1. A giraffe.
2. Heraldry A bearing resembling a giraffe but represented with long curved horns.
[Middle English, from Medieval Latin camēlopardus, from Latin camēlopardalis, from Greek kamēlopardalis : kamēlos, camel; see CAMEL + pardalis, pard (so called because the giraffe has a head like a camel's and the spots of a leopard).]
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