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Meaning of CAMEL

Pronunciation:  'kamul

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  cud-chewing mammal used as a draft or saddle animal in desert regions

CAMEL is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: Arabian camel, artiodactyl, artiodactyl mammal, Bactrian camel, Camelus, Camelus bactrianus, Camelus dromedarius, dromedary, even-toed ungulate, genus Camelus



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cam"el\, n. [Oe. camel, chamel, OF. camel, chamel, F.
chameau L. camelus, fr. Gr. ?; of Semitic origin; cf. Heb.
g[=a]m[=a]l, Ar. jamal. Cf. As. camel, fr. L. camelus.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) A large ruminant used in Asia and Africa for
   carrying burdens and for riding. The camel is remarkable
   for its ability to go a long time without drinking. Its
   hoofs are small, and situated at the extremities of the
   toes, and the weight of the animal rests on the callous.
   The dromedary ({Camelus dromedarius}) has one bunch on the
   back, while the Bactrian camel ({C. Bactrianus}) has two.
   The llama, alpaca, and vicu[~n]a, of South America, belong
   to a related genus ({Auchenia}).

2. (Naut.) A water-tight structure (as a large box or boxes)
   used to assist a vessel in passing over a shoal or bar or
   in navigating shallow water. By admitting water, the camel
   or camels may be sunk and attached beneath or at the sides
   of a vessel, and when the water is pumped out the vessel
   is lifted.

{Camel bird} (Zo["o]l.), the ostrich.

{Camel locust} (Zo["o]l.), the mantis.

{Camel's thorn} (Bot.), a low, leguminous shrub ({Alhagi
   maurorum}) of the Arabian desert, from which exudes a
   sweetish gum, which is one of the substances called manna.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a camel in your dream means that you need to be more conservative; you are carrying too many problems on your shoulders. You tend to hold on and cling on to your emotions instead of expressing and releasing them. You need to learn to forgive and forget. Alternatively, it represents you potential for handling big problems, responsibilities, and burdens.
Easton Bible Dictionary

from the Hebrew _gamal_, "to repay" or "requite," as the camel does the care of its master. There are two distinct species of camels, having, however, the common characteristics of being "ruminants without horns, without muzzle, with nostrils forming oblique slits, the upper lip divided and separately movable and extensile, the soles of the feet horny, with two toes covered by claws, the limbs long, the abdomen drawn up, while the neck, long and slender, is bent up and down, the reverse of that of a horse, which is arched."

(1.) The Bactrian camel is distinguished by two humps. It is a native of the high table-lands of Central Asia.

(2.) The Arabian camel or dromedary, from the Greek _dromos_, "a runner" (Isa. 60:6; Jer. 2:23), has but one hump, and is a native of Western Asia or Africa.

The camel was early used both for riding and as a beast of burden (Gen. 24:64; 37:25), and in war (1 Sam. 30:17; Isa. 21:7). Mention is made of the camel among the cattle given by Pharaoh to Abraham (Gen. 12:16). Its flesh was not to be eaten, as it was ranked among unclean animals (Lev. 11:4; Deut. 14:7). Abraham's servant rode on a camel when he went to fetch a wife for Isaac (Gen. 24:10, 11). Jacob had camels as a portion of his wealth (30:43), as Abraham also had (24:35). He sent a present of thirty milch camels to his brother Esau (32:15). It appears to have been little in use among the Jews after the conquest. It is, however, mentioned in the history of David (1 Chr. 27:30), and after the Exile (Ezra 2:67; Neh. 7:69). Camels were much in use among other nations in the East. The queen of Sheba came with a caravan of camels when she came to see the wisdom of Solomon (1 Kings 10:2; 2 Chr. 9:1). Benhadad of Damascus also sent a present to Elisha, "forty camels' burden" (2 Kings 8:9).

To show the difficulty in the way of a rich man's entering into the kingdom, our Lord uses the proverbial expression that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle (Matt. 19:24).

To strain at (rather, out) a gnat and swallow a camel was also a proverbial expression (Matt. 23:24), used with reference to those who were careful to avoid small faults, and yet did not hesitate to commit the greatest sins. The Jews carefully filtered their wine before drinking it, for fear of swallowing along with it some insect forbidden in the law as unclean, and yet they omitted openly the "weightier matters" of the law.

The raiment worn by John the Baptist was made of camel's hair (Matt. 3:4; Mark 1:6), by which he was distinguished from those who resided in royal palaces and wore soft raiment. This was also the case with Elijah (2 Kings 1:8), who is called "a hairy man," from his wearing such raiment. "This is one of the most admirable materials for clothing; it keeps out the heat, cold, and rain." The "sackcloth" so often alluded to (2 Kings 1:8; Isa. 15:3; Zech. 13:4, etc.) was probably made of camel's hair.

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