This word, first used in the 14th Century, is an archaic English word for a giraffe. It is derived from the Greek “kamelopardalis” – a combination of the words for camel and leopard, because the animal was said to be a camel wearing the spotted coat of a leopard. Camelopard was common usage until the late 19th Century.
Word Archaeology: camelopard
December 20, 2020