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Camel

Genus of mammals

A camel is an even-toed ungulate in the genus Camelus that bears distinctive fatty deposits known as "humps" on its back. Camels have long been domesticated and, as livestock, they provide food (milk and meat) and textiles (fiber and felt from hair). Camels are working animals especially suited to their desert habitat and are a vital means of transport for passengers and cargo. There are three surviving species of camel. The one-humped dromedary makes up 94% of the world's camel population, and the two-humped Bactrian camel makes up 6%. The Wild Bactrian camel is a separate species and is now critically endangered.

The word camel is also used informally in a wider sense, where the more correct term is "camelid", to include all seven species of the family Camelidae: the true camels (the above three species), along with the "New World" camelids: the llama, the alpaca, the guanaco, and the vicuña. The word itself is derived via Latin: camelus and Greek: κάμηλος (kamēlos) from Hebrew, Arabic or Phoenician: gāmāl.

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Kayla Epstein and Dave Levinthal
May 5, 2021
Business Insider
The deluge of money from a Big Tobacco company shows how difficult it might be for Biden to restrict smoking.
Jonathan O'Callaghan
March 14, 2021
Wired
A supernova-like explosion dubbed the Camel appears to be the result of a newborn black hole eating a star from the inside out.
December 6, 2019
WebWire
Japan Tobacco Inc.(JT)(TSE:2914) announced that it will launch two new tobacco stick products for Ploom S, a Heated Tobacco product, Camel Regular and Camel Menthol, from January 20, 2020. The new products will be gradually available nationwide at the affordable price of 460 Japanese yen, offering a total of six tobacco stick products for Ploom S. We are pleased to announce the launch of our first-ever Camel brand tobacco stick products. Since its first launch in the United States...
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