Mammals A – L

Suggested words : Mammals

antelope

/antɪləʊp/

noun

noun: antelope; plural noun: antelopes; plural noun: antelope
a swift-running deer-like ruminant with smooth hair and upward-pointing horns, of a group native to Africa and Asia that includes the gazelles, impala, gnus, and elands.
NORTH AMERICAN
another term for pronghorn.

bat

/bat/

noun

1.an implement with a handle and a solid surface, typically of wood, used for hitting the ball in games such as cricket, baseball, and table tennis.
“a cricket bat”

verb

1.(of a sports team or player) take the role of hitting rather than throwing the ball.
“Australia reached 263 for 4 after choosing to bat”
2.hit at (someone or something) with the flat of one’s hand.
“he batted the flies away”

bear

/bɛː/

verb

1.(of a person) carry.
“he was bearing a tray of brimming glasses”
synonyms: carry, bring, transport, move, convey, take, fetch, haul, lug, shift; More
2.support; carry the weight of.
“walls which cannot bear a stone vault”
synonyms: support, carry, hold up, prop up, keep up, bolster up; More

bison

/ˈbʌɪs(ə)n/

noun

a humpbacked shaggy-haired wild ox native to North America and Europe.

camel

/ˈkam(ə)l/

noun

1.a large, long-necked ungulate mammal of arid country, with long slender legs, broad cushioned feet, and either one or two humps on the back. Camels can survive for long periods without food or drink, chiefly by using up the fat reserves in their humps.
2.an apparatus for raising a sunken ship, consisting of one or more watertight chests to provide buoyancy.

cat

/kat/

noun

1.a small domesticated carnivorous mammal with soft fur, a short snout, and retractile claws. It is widely kept as a pet or for catching mice, and many breeds have been developed.
synonyms: feline; More
2.NORTH AMERICANinformal
(especially among jazz enthusiasts) a man.
“this West Coast cat had managed him since the early 80s”
verbNAUTICAL
1.raise (an anchor) from the surface of the water to the cathead.
“I kept her off the wind and sailing free until I had the anchor catted”

chimpanzee

/tʃɪmpanˈziː/

noun

a great ape with large ears, mainly black coloration, and lighter skin on the face, native to the forests of west and central Africa. Chimpanzees show advanced behaviour such as the making and using of tools.

cow

/kaʊ/

noun

1.a fully grown female animal of a domesticated breed of ox, kept to produce milk or beef.
“a dairy cow”
2.informal
an unpleasant or disliked woman.

deer

/dɪə/

noun

a hoofed grazing or browsing animal, with branched bony antlers that are shed annually and typically borne only by the male.

dog

/dɒɡ/

noun

1.a domesticated carnivorous mammal that typically has a long snout, an acute sense of smell, non-retractile claws, and a barking, howling, or whining voice.
synonyms: hound, canine, mongrel, cur, tyke; More
2.informal
an unpleasant, contemptible, or wicked man.
“he was interrupted by cries of ‘dirty dog!’”

verb

1.follow (someone) closely and persistently.
“photographers seemed to dog her every step”
synonyms: pursue, follow, stalk, track, trail, shadow, hound; More
2.NORTH AMERICANinformal
act lazily; fail to try one’s hardest.
“Eric had a reputation for dogging it a little”

dolphin

/dɒlfɪn/

noun

1.a small gregarious toothed whale which typically has a beak-like snout and a curved fin on the back. Dolphins have become well known for their sociable nature and high intelligence.
2.another term for dorado (sense 1).

donkey

ˈ/dɒŋki/

noun

1.a domesticated hoofed mammal of the horse family with long ears and a braying call, used as a beast of burden; an ass.
synonyms: ass; More
2.informal
a stupid or inept person.

elephant

ˈ/ɛlɪf(ə)nt/

noun

1.a very large plant-eating mammal with a prehensile trunk, long curved ivory tusks, and large ears, native to Africa and southern Asia. It is the largest living land animal.
2.a size of paper, typically 28 × 23 inches (approximately 711 × 584 mm).

elk

/ɛlk/

noun

1.BRITISH
another term for moose.
2.NORTH AMERICAN
another term for wapiti.

fox

/fɒks/

noun

1.a carnivorous mammal of the dog family with a pointed muzzle and bushy tail, proverbial for its cunning.
synonyms: literaryReynard
2.a cunning or sly person.
“a wily old fox”
verbinformal
1.baffle or deceive (someone).
“the abbreviation foxed me completely”

giraffe

/dʒɪˈrɑːf,dʒɪˈraf/

noun

a large African mammal with a very long neck and forelegs, having a coat patterned with brown patches separated by lighter lines. It is the tallest living animal.

goat

/ɡəʊt/

noun

1.a hardy domesticated ruminant mammal that has backward-curving horns and (in the male) a beard. It is kept for its milk and meat, and noted for its lively behaviour.
synonyms: billy goat, billy, nanny goat, nanny, kid
“a herd of goats”
2.a lecherous man.
synonyms: lecher, lecherous man, lascivious man, libertine, womanizer, seducer, adulterer, pervert, debauchee, rake, roué, profligate, wanton, loose-liver, sensualist, sybarite, voluptuary, Don Juan, Casanova, Lothario, Romeo; More

gorilla

/ɡəˈrɪlə/

noun

a powerfully built great ape with a large head and short neck, found in the forests of central Africa. It is the largest living primate.
informal
a heavily built aggressive-looking man.
a dominant contender within a particular sphere of operation or activity.
“the 800-lb gorilla of the home mortgage industry”

groundhog

ˈ/ɡraʊndhɒɡ/

noun

North American term for woodchuck.

hippopotamus

ˌ/hɪpəˈpɒtəməs/

noun

a large thick-skinned semiaquatic African mammal, with massive jaws and large tusks.

horse

/hɔːs/

noun

1.a solid-hoofed plant-eating domesticated mammal with a flowing mane and tail, used for riding, racing, and to carry and pull loads.
synonyms: mount, charger, yearling; More
2.a frame or structure on which something is mounted or supported, especially a sawhorse.
verb
1.provide (a person or vehicle) with a horse or horses.
“six men, horsed, masked, and armed”

kangaroo

ˌ/kaŋɡəˈruː/

noun

a large plant-eating marsupial with a long powerful tail and strongly developed hindlimbs that enable it to travel by leaping, found only in Australia and New Guinea.

koala

/kəʊˈɑːlə/

noun

a bear-like arboreal Australian marsupial that has thick grey fur and feeds on eucalyptus leaves.

lemur

ˈliːmə/Submit

noun

an arboreal primate with a pointed snout and typically a long tail, found only in Madagascar.

leopard

ˈ/lɛpəd/

noun

a large solitary cat that has a fawn or brown coat with black spots, native to the forests of Africa and southern Asia.
HERALDRY
the leopard as a heraldic device.
HERALDRY
a lion passant guardant as in the arms of England.

See also :

Mammals L – Z

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