גָּמָל Strong’s #1581 gamal

Behold, the hand of YHWH is upon thy cattle which are in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the herds, and upon the flocks: there shall be a very grievous murrain.

Exodus 9:3

The English word camel is from the Greek word kamelos which in turn is from the Hebrew word gamal. The camel was a common animal in the herds of the nomads of both the ancient and modern times. A nomad’s wealth was measured by the size of his herds of livestock including camels (see Genesis 30:43). Camels were a choice beast of burden because of their ability to carry large loads and being able to travel long distances without water.