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It's an incredibly difficult thing to bring a giraffe down. They can kill a lion with a single blow from their feet.
Joanna Lumley

Meaning of "giraffe" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD GIRAFFE

From Italian giraffa, from Arabic zarāfah, probably of African origin.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF GIRAFFE

giraffe  [dʒɪˈrɑːf] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF GIRAFFE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Giraffe is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES GIRAFFE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

giraffe

Giraffe

The giraffe is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. Its species name refers to its camel-like appearance and the patches of color on its fur. Its chief distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs, its horn-like ossicones, and its distinctive coat patterns. It is classified under the family Giraffidae, along with its closest extant relative, the okapi. The nine subspecies are distinguished by their coat patterns. The giraffe's scattered range extends from Chad in the north to South Africa in the south, and from Niger in the west to Somalia in the east. Giraffes usually inhabit savannas, grasslands, and open woodlands. Their primary food source is acacia leaves, which they browse at heights most other herbivores cannot reach. Giraffes are preyed on by lions; their calves are also targeted by leopards, spotted hyenas, and wild dogs. Adult giraffes do not have strong social bonds, though they do gather in loose aggregations if they happen to be moving in the same general direction.

Definition of giraffe in the English dictionary

The definition of giraffe in the dictionary is a large ruminant mammal, Giraffa camelopardalis, inhabiting savannas of tropical Africa: the tallest mammal, with very long legs and neck and a colouring of regular reddish-brown patches on a beige ground: family Giraffidae.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH GIRAFFE


autograph
ˈɔːtəˌɡrɑːf
chromolithograph
ˌkrəʊməʊˈlɪθəˌɡrɑːf
chronograph
ˈkrɒnəˌɡrɑːf
cinematograph
ˌsɪnɪˈmætəˌɡrɑːf
digraph
ˈdaɪɡrɑːf
graph
ɡrɑːf
ideograph
ˈɪdɪəʊˌɡrɑːf
lithograph
ˈlɪθəˌɡrɑːf
micrograph
ˈmaɪkrəʊˌɡrɑːf
monograph
ˈmɒnəˌɡrɑːf
pantagraph
ˈpæntəˌɡrɑːf
pantograph
ˈpæntəˌɡrɑːf
paragraph
ˈpærəˌɡrɑːf
phonograph
ˈfəʊnəˌɡrɑːf
photograph
ˈfəʊtəˌɡrɑːf
pictograph
ˈpɪktəˌɡrɑːf
seismograph
ˈsaɪzməˌɡrɑːf
spirograph
ˈspaɪrəˌɡrɑːf
subgraph
ˈsʌbˌɡrɑːf
subparagraph
ˈsʌbˌpærəɡrɑːf

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE GIRAFFE

gipsywort
giraffid
giraffine
giraffoid
Giraldus Cambrensis
girandola
girandole
girasol
girasole
Giraud
Giraudoux
gird
girder
girdle
girdle scone
girdle traverse
girdle-like
girdlecake
girdler
girdlescone

WORDS THAT END LIKE GIRAFFE

agraffe
Aycliffe
bouffe
coiffe
gaffe
griffe
Luftwaffe
Northcliffe
O´Keeffe
opere buffe
piaffe
pouffe
Radcliffe
ruffe
Sutcliffe
Tartuffe
Wickliffe
Wicliffe
Wycliffe

Synonyms and antonyms of giraffe in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «giraffe» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF GIRAFFE

Find out the translation of giraffe to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of giraffe from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «giraffe» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

长颈鹿
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

jirafa
570 millions of speakers

English

giraffe
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

जिराफ
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

زَرَافَة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

жираф
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

girafa
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

জিরাফ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

girafe
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Jerapah
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Giraffe
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

キリン
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

기린
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Jerapah
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

hươu cao cổ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஒட்டகச்சிவிங்கி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

जिराफ
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

zürafa
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

giraffa
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

żyrafa
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

жираф
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

girafă
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

καμηλοπάρδαλη
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

kameelperd
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

giraff
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

sjiraff
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of giraffe

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «GIRAFFE»

The term «giraffe» is very widely used and occupies the 16.594 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «GIRAFFE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «giraffe» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «giraffe» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about giraffe

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10 QUOTES WITH «GIRAFFE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word giraffe.
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Karen Blixen
If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me?
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Miranda Hart
As a woman, it seems you can't just be a comedian; you're always classed as something else, too, whether that's 'beautiful,' 'pint-sized,' 'larger-than-life' or in my case, 'Hattie Jacques-esque,' 'the giraffe,' 'big.'
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August Krogh
In the giraffe with a total height of 5 m., the heart is at a height of about 2.5 m., and it would be extremely interesting to know just how the giraffe avoids the development of filtration oedema in its long legs.
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Ann Landers
You need that guy like a giraffe needs strep throat.
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Sophia Loren
I'm a giraffe. I even walk like a giraffe with a long neck and legs. It's a pretty dumb animal, mind you.
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Joanna Lumley
It's an incredibly difficult thing to bring a giraffe down. They can kill a lion with a single blow from their feet.
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Joanna Lumley
I have a toy giraffe on my bed. I've got photographs over my desk as well as a mask of a giraffe in my kitchen. I am totally hooked.
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Joanna Lumley
I was once kissed on the lips by a giraffe, and I don't think I've ever got over it.
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Joanna Lumley
NASA space scientists have been studying giraffe skin so they can apply what they learn from it to the construction of spacesuits.
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Caterina Murino
My favourite animal is the koala, but his life would be boring. I would rather be a giraffe so that I could contemplate the beauty of Africa.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «GIRAFFE»

Discover the use of giraffe in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to giraffe and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The White Giraffe
This is the beginning of her mysterious and magical adventures - her discovery of her gift of healing and a secret valley that she travels to with the giraffe, where she'll find clues about her past and future.
Lauren St John, 2010
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Tears of the Giraffe
TEARS OF THE GIRAFFE, McCall Smith's second book, takes us further into this world as we follow Mama Ramotswe into more daring situations .
Alexander McCall Smith, 2008
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Tall Blondes: A Book About Giraffes
The book is not just about giraffes in the wild: it's about how they have impacted on humans (and visa versa), stirring the imaginations of artists, writers and thinkers.
Lynn Sherr, 1997
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Giraffe
Photographs and simple text describe the development of a young giraffe from its birth to age one year.
Mary Ling, 1993
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A Giraffe Goes to Paris
The true story of Belle the giraffe, a gift from the pasha of Egypt to the king of France in 1827, and her 500-mile walk to Paris as told through the imagined words of her devoted Sudanese caretaker, Atir.
Mary Tavener Holmes, John Harris, 2010
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Echoes of the White Giraffe
Fifteen-year-old Sookan adjusts to life in the refugee village in Pusan but continues to hope that the civil war will end and her family will be reunited in Seoul.
Sook Nyul Choi, 2007
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Giraffe
Brief text and illustrations introduce some essential facts about the physical characteristics and habits of the giraffe.
José Luis García Sánchez, Miguel Angel Pacheco, 1983
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Gerry the Giraffe
Jan Latta is the author and photographer of True to Life Books. To create the books she follows animals every day, taking photographs and writing about them in their natural habitats in Africa, China, Borneo, India, and Australia.
Jan Latta, 2010
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Giraffe
Describes the characteristics and habitats of giraffes and discusses life for these animals at a large open-air wildlife park in New Jersey.
Caroline Arnold, Richard Hewett, 1993
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Building a House for Diversity: How a Fable about a Giraffe ...
Listen and you'll hear: -- Perspectives from the "head giraffes" who make the rules, insiders (usually white males), and outsiders (usually minorities an women) -- Voices that speak for a range of attitudes: the assimilated, the pioneers, ...
R. Roosevelt Thomas, 1999

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «GIRAFFE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term giraffe is used in the context of the following news items.
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REVIEW: Giraffe, Bury St Edmunds: Feel-good food which offers …
With its vibrant decor, imaginative menu and friendly staff, Giraffe is somewhere you're bound to want to return to time and time again – I know I ... «Bury Free Press, Jul 15»
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Chris Smith: Two giraffe skeletons part of Nick Anast's legacy
PC: Professor Nick Anast works with student Aaron Karres to align the torso of the skeleton of an adult male reticulated giraffe installed in the ... «Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Jul 15»
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Kourtney Kardashian has fun with a giraffe and sister Khloe amid …
Kourtney Kardashian has some tongue fun with a giraffe as she and sister Khloe Kardashian visited a zoo. The oldest Kardashian shared a ... «Mirror.co.uk, Jul 15»
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'Say Cheese!': Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian Spend the Day with …
"Say cheese!" Khloé, 31, captioned an Instagram post of the trio, the sisters with their tongues to the camera and the giraffe with its tongue pretty ... «People Magazine, Jul 15»
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Report: Euthanized Niabi giraffe had tendon injury
URBANA, Ill. — Preliminary results from a necropsy find a young giraffe from Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley had a leg injury before he was ... «Quad City Times, Jul 15»
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It's a boy: African giraffe gives birth in southern Vietnam zoo
A giraffe in a southern Vietnam zoo on Thursday delivered a handsome, healthy newborn, who is 1.9 meters tall and weighs 60 kilos. Managers ... «Thanh Nien Daily, Jul 15»
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Regional councils battle over fibreglass tribute to a giraffe-shaped tree
Plans to commemorate the Yorke Peninsula's famous giraffe-shaped tree with a giant lookalike has provoked stiff opposition and a bidding war. «ABC Local, Jul 15»
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Alligator zip line, giraffe feeding among updates planned for …
The opportunity to ride a zip line over a pond full of alligators may be coming to South Bend in the not-too-distant future. That's just one ... «WNDU-TV, Jul 15»
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Giraffe Born at The Living Desert
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens has a new resident -- a baby giraffe that will be on exhibit beginning this weekend. The as-yet unnamed ... «Patch.com, Jul 15»
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Baby giraffe born at The Living Desert
The Living Desert is welcoming a big baby to its herd — a male giraffe calf born Friday standing 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing more than 150 ... «The Desert Sun, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Giraffe [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/giraffe>. May 2021 ».
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