Horse vs. Giraffe - What's the difference?

Main Difference

The main difference between Horse and Giraffe is that the Horse is a domesticated (work) animal and Giraffe is a genus of mammals.

Wikipedia

  • Horse

    The horse (Equus ferus caballus) is one of two extant subspecies of Equus ferus. It is an odd-toed ungulate mammal belonging to the taxonomic family Equidae. The horse has evolved over the past 45 to 55 million years from a small multi-toed creature, Eohippus, into the large, single-toed animal of today. Humans began domesticating horses around 4000 BC, and their domestication is believed to have been widespread by 3000 BC. Horses in the subspecies caballus are domesticated, although some domesticated populations live in the wild as feral horses. These feral populations are not true wild horses, as this term is used to describe horses that have never been domesticated, such as the endangered Przewalski's horse, a separate subspecies, and the only remaining true wild horse. There is an extensive, specialized vocabulary used to describe equine-related concepts, covering everything from anatomy to life stages, size, colors, markings, breeds, locomotion, and behavior. Horses' anatomy enables them to make use of speed to escape predators and they have a well-developed sense of balance and a strong fight-or-flight response. Related to this need to flee from predators in the wild is an unusual trait: horses are able to sleep both standing up and lying down, with younger horses tending to sleep significantly more than adults. Female horses, called mares, carry their young for approximately 11 months, and a young horse, called a foal, can stand and run shortly following birth. Most domesticated horses begin training under saddle or in harness between the ages of two and four. They reach full adult development by age five, and have an average lifespan of between 25 and 30 years. Horse breeds are loosely divided into three categories based on general temperament: spirited "hot bloods" with speed and endurance; "cold bloods", such as draft horses and some ponies, suitable for slow, heavy work; and "warmbloods", developed from crosses between hot bloods and cold bloods, often focusing on creating breeds for specific riding purposes, particularly in Europe. There are more than 300 breeds of horse in the world today, developed for many different uses. Horses and humans interact in a wide variety of sport competitions and non-competitive recreational pursuits, as well as in working activities such as police work, agriculture, entertainment, and therapy. Horses were historically used in warfare, from which a wide variety of riding and driving techniques developed, using many different styles of equipment and methods of control. Many products are derived from horses, including meat, milk, hide, hair, bone, and pharmaceuticals extracted from the urine of pregnant mares. Humans provide domesticated horses with food, water and shelter, as well as attention from specialists such as veterinarians and farriers.

  • Giraffe

    The giraffe (Giraffa) is a genus of African even-toed ungulate mammals, the tallest living terrestrial animals and the largest ruminants. The genus currently consists of one species, Giraffa camelopardalis, the type species. Seven other species are extinct, prehistoric species known from fossils. Taxonomic classifications of one to eight extant giraffe species have been described, based upon research into the mitochondrial and nuclear DNA, as well as morphological measurements of Giraffa, but the IUCN currently recognises only one species with nine subspecies. The giraffe's chief distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs, its horn-like ossicones, and its distinctive coat patterns. It is classified under the family Giraffidae, along with its closest extant relative, the okapi. Its scattered range extends from Chad in the north to South Africa in the south, and from Niger in the west to Somalia in the east. Giraffes usually inhabit savannahs and woodlands. Their food source is leaves, fruits and flowers of woody plants, primarily acacia species, which they browse at heights most other herbivores cannot reach. They may be preyed on by lions, leopards, spotted hyenas and African wild dogs. Giraffes live in herds of related females and their offspring, or bachelor herds of unrelated adult males, but are gregarious and may gather in large aggregations. Males establish social hierarchies through "necking", which are combat bouts where the neck is used as a weapon. Dominant males gain mating access to females, which bear the sole responsibility for raising the young. The giraffe has intrigued various cultures, both ancient and modern, for its peculiar appearance, and has often been featured in paintings, books, and cartoons. It is classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as Vulnerable to extinction, and has been extirpated from many parts of its former range. Giraffes are still found in numerous national parks and game reserves but estimations as of 2016 indicate that there are approximately 97,500 members of Giraffa in the wild, with around 1,144 in captivity.

Wiktionary

  • Horse (noun)

    Any of several animals related to Equus ferus caballus.

  • Horse (noun)

    A riding and draft work.

    "A cowboy's greatest friend is his horse."

  • Horse (noun)

    Any current or extinct animal of the family Equidae, including the zebra or the ass.

    "These bone features, distinctive in the zebra, are actually present in all horses."

  • Horse (noun)

    Cavalry soldiers (sometimes capitalized when referring to an official category).

    "We should place two units of horse and one of foot on this side of the field."

    "All the King's horses and all the King's men, couldn't put Humpty together again."

  • Horse (noun)

    The chess piece representing a knight, depicted as a horse.

    "Now just remind me how the horse moves again?"

  • Horse (noun)

    A large person.

    "Every linebacker they have is a real horse."

  • Horse (noun)

    Equipment with legs.

  • Horse (noun)

    A timber frame shaped like a horse, which soldiers were made to ride for punishment.

  • Horse (noun)

    In gymnastics, a piece of equipment with a body on two or four legs, approximately four feet high, sometimes (pommel horse) with two handles on top .

    "She's scored very highly with the parallel bars; let's see how she does with the horse."

  • Horse (noun)

    Type of equipment.

  • Horse (noun)

    A frame with legs, used to support something.

    "a clothes horse; a sawhorse"

  • Horse (noun)

    A rope stretching along a yard, upon which men stand when reefing or furling the sails; footrope.

  • Horse (noun)

    A breastband for a leadsman.

  • Horse (noun)

    An iron bar for a sheet traveller to slide upon.

  • Horse (noun)

    A mass of earthy matter, or rock of the same character as the wall rock, occurring in the course of a vein, as of coal or ore; hence, to take horse (said of a vein) is to divide into branches for a distance.

  • Horse (noun)

    The sedative, antidepressant, and anxiolytic drug morphine, chiefly when used illicitly.

  • Horse (noun)

    An informal variant of basketball in which players match shots made by their opponent(s), each miss adding a letter to the word "horse", with 5 misses spelling the whole word and eliminating a player, until only the winner is left. Also HORSE, H-O-R-S-E or H.O.R.S.E. (see H-O-R-S-E).

  • Horse (noun)

    A translation or other illegitimate aid in study or examination.

  • Horse (noun)

    horseplay; tomfoolery

  • Horse (noun)

    Heroin drug.

    "Alright, mate, got any horse?"

  • Horse (verb)

    To frolic, to act mischievously. (Usually followed by "around".)

  • Horse (verb)

    To provide with a horse.

  • Horse (verb)

    To get on horseback.

  • Horse (verb)

    To sit astride of; to bestride.

  • Horse (verb)

    To copulate with (a mare).

  • Horse (verb)

    To take or carry on the back.

  • Horse (verb)

    To place on the back of another person, or on a wooden horse, etc., to be flogged; to subject to such punishment.

  • Giraffe (noun)

    A ruminant, of the genus Giraffa, of the African savannah with long legs and highly elongated neck, which make it the tallest living animal; yellow fur patterned with dark spots, often in the form of a network; and two or more short, skin-covered horns, so-called; strictly speaking the horn-like projections are ossicones.

  • Giraffe (noun)

    A giraffe unicycle.

  • Giraffe (noun)

    A laugh.

    "Are you having a giraffe?!"

Oxford Dictionary

  • Horse (noun)

    a large plant-eating domesticated mammal with solid hoofs and a flowing mane and tail, used for riding, racing, and to carry and pull loads.

  • Horse (noun)

    an adult male horse; a stallion or gelding.

  • Horse (noun)

    a wild mammal of the horse family.

  • Horse (noun)

    cavalry

    "forty horse and sixty foot"

  • Horse (noun)

    a frame or structure on which something is mounted or supported, especially a sawhorse.

  • Horse (noun)

    a horizontal bar, rail, or rope in the rigging of a sailing ship.

  • Horse (noun)

    short for vaulting horse

  • Horse (noun)

    a unit of horsepower

    "a 63-horse engine"

  • Horse (noun)

    heroin.

  • Horse (noun)

    an obstruction in a vein.

  • Horse (verb)

    provide (a person or vehicle) with a horse or horses

    "six men, horsed, masked, and armed"

  • Giraffe (noun)

    a large African mammal with a very long neck and forelegs, having a coat patterned with brown patches separated by lighter lines. It is the tallest living animal.

Webster Dictionary

  • Horse (noun)

    A hoofed quadruped of the genus Equus; especially, the domestic horse (Equus caballus), which was domesticated in Egypt and Asia at a very early period. It has six broad molars, on each side of each jaw, with six incisors, and two canine teeth, both above and below. The mares usually have the canine teeth rudimentary or wanting. The horse differs from the true asses, in having a long, flowing mane, and the tail bushy to the base. Unlike the asses it has callosities, or chestnuts, on all its legs. The horse excels in strength, speed, docility, courage, and nobleness of character, and is used for drawing, carrying, bearing a rider, and like purposes.

  • Horse (noun)

    The male of the genus Equus, in distinction from the female or male; usually, a castrated male.

  • Horse (noun)

    Mounted soldiery; cavalry; - used without the plural termination; as, a regiment of horse; - distinguished from foot.

  • Horse (noun)

    A frame with legs, used to support something; as, a clotheshorse, a sawhorse, etc.

  • Horse (noun)

    A frame of timber, shaped like a horse, on which soldiers were made to ride for punishment.

  • Horse (noun)

    Anything, actual or figurative, on which one rides as on a horse; a hobby.

  • Horse (noun)

    A mass of earthy matter, or rock of the same character as the wall rock, occurring in the course of a vein, as of coal or ore; hence, to take horse - said of a vein - is to divide into branches for a distance.

  • Horse (noun)

    See Footrope, a.

  • Horse (noun)

    A translation or other illegitimate aid in study or examination; - called also trot, pony, Dobbin.

  • Horse (noun)

    heroin.

  • Horse (noun)

    horsepower.

  • Horse

    To provide with a horse, or with horses; to mount on, or as on, a horse.

  • Horse

    To sit astride of; to bestride.

  • Horse

    To mate with (a mare); - said of the male.

  • Horse

    To take or carry on the back; as, the keeper, horsing a deer.

  • Horse

    To place on the back of another, or on a wooden horse, etc., to be flogged; to subject to such punishment.

  • Horse (verb)

    To get on horseback.

  • Giraffe (noun)

    An African ruminant (Giraffa camelopardalis formerly Camelopardalis giraffa) related to the deers and antelopes, but placed in a family (Giraffidae) by itself; the camelopard. It is the tallest of quadriped animals, being sometimes twenty feet from the hoofs to the top of the head. Its neck is very long, and its fore legs are much longer than its hind legs. There are three types, having different patterns of spots on the pelt and different territories: the Reticulated Giraffe, the Masai Giraffe, and the Uganda Giraffe. Intermediate crosses are also observed.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Horse (noun)

    solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times

  • Horse (noun)

    a padded gymnastic apparatus on legs

  • Horse (noun)

    troops trained to fight on horseback;

    "500 horse led the attack"

  • Horse (noun)

    a framework for holding wood that is being sawed

  • Horse (noun)

    a chessman in the shape of a horse's head; can move two squares horizontally and one vertically (or vice versa)

  • Horse (verb)

    provide with a horse or horses

  • Giraffe (noun)

    tallest living quadruped; having a spotted coat and small horns and very long neck and legs; of savannahs of tropical Africa

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