Word of the Week #7 – kamel leopard – Ancient Greek

Okay so to be fair to me, this can’t really be transliterated. But it’s a super cool word: the Ancient Greeks didn’t have a name for what we call the giraffe. So they named them kamel leopards – they thought giraffes were a cross between a camel and a leopard. Not that stupid, actually…

   

PS – another interesting fact: when you type “camel leopard” into Google, the first thing that comes up is the Wikipedia page for the giraffe (don’t ask me how I know this)

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