Friday, February 8, 2013

Arabic Word in English: Giraffe

The English word GIRAFFE comes from Italian giraffa, which is in turn from Arabic zarafa. You can read more about the remarkable giraffe at Wikipedia.

Before the word "giraffe" entered English, the word "camelopard" was used instead, from the Latin camelopardus.

The image below shows a West African giraffe:

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