A camel is either of
the two species of large even-toed ungulate in the genus Camelus,
the Dromedary (Single hump) and the Bactrian Camel (Double hump).
Both are native to the dry and desert areas of Asia and northern
Africa. The name camel comes via the Greek kamelos from the Hebrew
gamal, "camel". The term camel is also used more broadly,
to describe any of the six camel-like creatures in the family
Camelidae: the two true camels, and the four South American camelids:
Llama, Alpaca, Guanaco and Vicuna. For an overview of the camel
family, see camelid. For more information on the two true camels,
see Dromedary and Bactrian Camel.
domesticated camels many thousands of years ago. The Dromedary
and the Bactrian Camel are both still used for milk, meat, and
as beasts of burden—the Dromedary in northern Africa and
western Asia; the Bactrian Camel further to the north and east
in central Asia.
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