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.