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.
- 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.
- The Bible, (Luke 18:25)
- 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
- Rudyard Kipling, Just So Stories, "How the Camel got his hump".
- 'Take my camel, dear,' said my aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass.
- Rose Macaulay, The Towers of Trebizond, opening words.
- The camel has a single hump,
The dromedary, two;
Or else the other way around;
I'm never sure. Are you?
- Ogden Nash, The Camel.
- Hamlet: Do you see yonder cloud that's almost in shape of a camel?
Polonius: By the mass, and 'tis like a camel, indeed.
- William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act iii. Sc. 2.
- 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.
- Booth Tarkington, The Plutocrat, chapter 28.