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Vocabulary 25 - More Words Related to Animals
If someone's nose is described as 'aquiline' then it is probably curved and pointed like an eagle's beak!

Vocabulary 25 - More Words Related to Animals

We all see animals often, either in nature or as a part of our daily lives. We love to see them in their natural habitat and we also like to have them as pets. We might see them in a circus or in in a zoo. We eat foods derived from them and we probably grow up with pets such as cats and dogs. Rural folk use animals as a means of livelihood and as beasts of burden. Whatever we may do we cannot ignore animals.

Animals have also had an influence on the English language in a big way and we are often confronted with words that have their origins in animals. Here are some examples:

‘Avian’ is a word that means 'related to birds'.
‘Elephantine’ is a word which means 'related to elephants'. It is used to describe a person with characteristics of an elephant such as its bulk or its memory.
‘Caprine’ is a word meaning 'related to goats'.
'Porcine' means 'related to pigs'.

How many times have you sung the famous ‘Old Macdonald had a Farm’ song? In it a number of animals are featured and we learn a host of onomatopoeic words such as ‘oink’, ‘moo’ or ‘neigh’. The English language has drawn on animals to derive many new words and has assimilated them into its vocabulary. Many authors have used animal characters to satirise people and events and none better than George Orwell in his great book ‘Animal Farm’.

Animals are a feature of our daily lives and we cannot do without them. Take the following quiz and learn some great new words which are related to animals and expand you English vocabulary.
1.
'Ovine' is a word related to which animal?
Fowl
Turkeys
Boars
Sheep
'Ovine' is an adjective related to sheep or of sheep
2.
Asinine is a word related to which animal?
Asses
Pigeons
Tortoises
Turtles
'Asinine' is an adjective related to asses or of asses. It is used quite often in English to describe a foolish person or anything someone finds silly, like a particular film, book or painting
3.
Feline is a word related to which animal?
Pelicans
Rhinos
Cats
Penguins
'Feline' is an adjective related to the cat family. It is only usually used to describe cats and the name 'Felix' comes from the same root
4.
Canine is a word related to which animal?
Chameleons
Foxes
Caterpillars
Dogs
'Canine' is an adjective related to dogs or of dogs. It is also used to describe our 4 pointed teeth (third from centre, both top and bottom) which are called our 'canine teeth'
5.
Apiarian is a word related to which animal?
Bees
Apes
Monkeys
Gorillas
'Apiarian' is an adjective related to bees and a bee-keeper keeps his bees in an apiary. Its similarity to the word 'ape' is purely coincidental
6.
Bovine is a word related to which animal?
Boas
Grasshoppers
Cows
Alligators
'Bovine' is an adjective related to cows, buffaloes or oxen. It might be used to describe a dull or a stolid person
7.
Ursine is a word related to which animal?
Bear
Wolf
Lion
Snake
'Ursine' is an adjective pertaining to bears or of bears. It is usually used to describe a bearlike person, either grumpy, large or hairy.
'Lupine', 'leonine' and 'serpentine' are the words associated with wolf, lion and snake respectively
8.
Aquiline is a word related to which animal?
Fish
Eagles
Crocodiles
Cranes
'Aquiline' is an adjective related to eagles or of eagles. It would usually be used to describe a person's nose that is shaped like an eagle's beak!
'Aquiline' sounds similar to 'aquarium' so you might have been tempted to say 'fish', but the two words are not related. The corresponding word for fish is 'piscine'
9.
Porcine is a word related to which animal?
Horse
Porcupine
Whale
Pig
'Porcine' is an adjective related to pigs or of pigs. It might be used to describe a fat person or one with poor table manners!
'Equine' is the word related to horses. Can you find out the words relating to porcupines and whales?
10.
Vermian is a word related to which animal?
Lizards
Worms
Vermicelli
Tigers
'Vermian' is an adjective related to worms or of the nature of worms. The word is related to the noun 'vermin' which means an animal which is a pest.
'Vermicelli' is not an animal. It is a type of pasta which gets its name because it looks like worms!
Author:  V T Narendra

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