Giraffe Silver Plated Earrings
The Giraffe Silver Plated Earrings represent confidence, strong-will and grace. They are reminiscent of the giraffe as it walks elegantly across the African plains. These are a great safari accessory to wear in order to celebrate these animals. They are also versatile enough to go with everything. Interested to learn some intriguing facts about the giraffe? Read on.
Origins of the name “Giraffe”
Have you ever wondered about the origins of the word giraffe? Here’s some interesting trivia for you.
In archaic English times, the word camelopard was used to describe this animal. It comes from the Greek kamēlopárdalis, derived from “Kamelos,” which means “camel,” and “Pardalis,” which means “leopard.” Not many people who used the word had ever seen a real giraffe. Therefore, they often imagined a camelopard literally looking like a combination of a camel and a leopard. When you ponder on that, what image comes up in your head? It’s probably not dissimilar from what we refer to today as the giraffe!! Indeed, this reference was still used up until the late 19th century.
The modern day word “giraffe” actually comes from the French word giraffe. This subsequently comes from the Arabic word zarafa. There are various interpretations on what this word means, ranging from “to jump” or “to hurry”, to “assemblage”. The latter alludes to the belief of early explorers. They thought the giraffe looked like a compilation of a horse, an ox, and a camel.
Today most people are fortunate to have seen a real giraffe; hopefully in the wild, although they are fairly common zoo animals too. Their most distinctive feature is their long neck, which can measure up to 1.8 meters (6 feet) long and weigh up to 272 kg (600 pounds)! In spite of this, both giraffes and humans have seven neck bones. Unsurprisingly, those in the giraffe are 20 times longer!
Learn more fascinating facts about these wondrous animals when you check out the Giraffe Gold Plated Earrings. They are equally mesmerising!
Cute Giraffe Quotes
“I was once kissed on the lips by a giraffe, and I don’t think I’ve ever got over it.” Joanna Lumley
“Giraffes are fairytale animals, almost heraldic as if from the land of fables. They have extremely beautiful faces, huge eyes, very sensitive nostrils and oh, blue tongues!” Joanna Lumley
Learn more about the giraffe and its symbolism here.