n. pl. gi·raffesor giraffe
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).
[French girafe, from Italian giraffa, from Arabic dialectal zirāfa, variant of Arabic zarāfa, zurāfa, probably of African origin; perhaps akin to Somali geri and Turkana (Nilotic language of Kenya) e-kori.]
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Giraffa camelopardalis subsp. reticulata
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