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Sunday, 1 July 2018


Here we have a list of unusual words that are used to designate mammals of which we generally use more commonplace names.

afer: horse.
ahstalder: stallion
ant-bear: aardvark (not anteater).
artisrobe: shrew.
baggit: stallion.
balzan: horse with white feet.
bawson: badger.
bilder: seal.
blaireau: American badger.
boca: seal.
boomer: male kangaroo.
braun: wild boar.
broadtail: beaver.
brocad: wolf.
brock: badger.
bucker: porpoise.
burling: heifer.
butter-bump: hedgehog.
byemir: cow.

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