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Thursday 26 July 2018


Unusual terms for familiar animals.

camelopard: giraffe
carcajou: wolverine
demi-ape: lemur
earth pig: aardvark
foulmart: polecat
glutton: wolverine
neat: cow
purrs: boar
puttice: stoat
roplaw: young fox
urchin: hedgehog
wat: hare
whitneck: weasel
zubr: European bison, wisent

Giraffe, formerly often referred to as camelopard, from Latin camelopardalis.  The ancient Romans thought it combined features of both camel and leopard.  Its more usual name comes from Arabic zarafa.

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