genus of mammals

A camel is a large mammal, used in the Middle East as a beast of burden. It has (depending on the species) one or two large humps on its back.

A camel's hump is an ugly lump


  • It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
  • CAMEL, n. A quadruped (the Splaypes humpidorsus) of great value to the show business. There are two kinds of camels -- the camel proper and the camel improper. It is the latter that is always exhibited.
    • Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic's Dictionary (1906); republished as The Devil's Dictionary (1911).
  • A camel's hump is an ugly lump
  • 'Take my camel, dear,' said my aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass.
  • The camel has a single hump,
    The dromedary, two;
    Or else the other way around;
    I'm never sure. Are you?
  • Hamlet: Do you see yonder cloud that's almost in shape of a camel?
    Polonius: By the mass, and 'tis like a camel, indeed.
  • The voice of any camel has a wide range in pessimistic eloquence; beyond question a camel has a vocabulary and can say many things, all of them discontented.
  • Looking athwart the burning flats, far off
    Seen by the high-necked camel on the verge
    Journeying southward

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