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The word “giraffe” took a long time to work its way from Arabic to Italian to French before eventually making its way to English. Prior to that, the term for giraffe in English was “camel leopard” because of their camel-like shape and leopard-like coloration. The name of a lesser known giraffe-shaped constellation in the northern sky, Camelopardalis (Latin for “camel leopard”), reflects this archaic term.