GIRAFFE in sign language

Giraffes are the tallest animals on Earth, standing about 4 to 6 meters (15-19 feet) tall.

ASL sign for "giraffe"

How to sign "giraffe" in American Sign Language:

Definition: A large African mammal with a very long neck and forelegs, having a coat patterned with brown patches separated by lighter lines.

Pronunciation/articulation: Dominant "C" handshape, palm in front of the neck, moves upward.

Related signs: ANIMAL, ZOO.

Tidbits about the giraffe in ASL

Learn some interesting facts about a giraffe, narrated by Deaf zoologist Nancy Barker, PhD.

Or, learn how some classifiers (e.g. neck, vertebrae, tongue, etc.) are used in this video for ASL intermediate-level students. For beginners, just develop your receptive skill.

Little ASLians

Kids say the dardnest things in sign language.

One night, three-year-old ASL-speaking bilingual kid Juli told me (her mother), ix-me saw giraffe. you see? I replied no. She held her hands covering my eyes for me to see a giraffe. Then she closed her eyes and opened, ix-me saw giraffe in my eyes. you see?

Usage/Grammar

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Some word entries have one of some tidbits in this section, such as minimal pairs of sign words, rhymes, etc. usually related to or associated with its word entry.

Written ASL

[Note: ASL writing is not an official standard. This sign language writing remains in a state of open space to allow room for experiment, evolution, and improvement.]

ASL writing for GIRAFFE

The top part stands for a lower part of the head and the bottom part depicts the handshape of "C". The slant line with the dot at the end represents the movement of the sign.

The written ASL digit was contributed by Todd Hicks, 2017.

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