Mammals L – Z

Mammals L – Z

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Suggested words : Mammals

lion

ˈ/lʌɪən/

noun

1.a large tawny-coloured cat that lives in prides, found in Africa and NW India. The male has a flowing shaggy mane and takes little part in hunting, which is done cooperatively by the females.
synonyms: big cat; More
2.a member of a touring international rugby union team representing the British Isles.

llama

ˈ/lɑːmə/

noun

a domesticated pack animal of the camel family found in the Andes, valued for its soft woolly fleece.
the wool of the llama.
cloth made from the wool of the llama.

manatee

ˌ/manəˈtiː,ˈmanətiː/

noun

a sea cow of tropical Atlantic coasts and estuaries, with a rounded tail flipper.

moose

/muːs/

noun

a large deer with palmate antlers and a growth of skin hanging from the neck, native to northern Eurasia and northern North America.

panda

ˈ/pandə/

noun

a large bear-like mammal with characteristic black-and-white markings, native to certain mountain forests in China. It feeds almost entirely on bamboo and has become increasingly rare.

opossum

əˈpɒs(ə)m/

noun

an American marsupial which has a naked prehensile tail and hind feet with an opposable thumb.
AUSTRALIAN/NZ
a possum.

mouse

/maʊs/

noun

1.a small rodent that typically has a pointed snout, relatively large ears and eyes, and a long tail.
2.a small handheld device which is moved across a mat or flat surface to move the cursor on a computer screen.
“copy the file with a click of the mouse”

verb

/maʊz/
1.(of a cat or owl) hunt for or catch mice.
“female cats are usually much better at mousing than males”
2.use a mouse to move or position a cursor on a computer screen.
“simply mouse over any item on the list”

orangutan

/ɔːˌraŋuːˈtan,əˈraŋuːtan/

noun

a large mainly solitary arboreal ape with long red hair, long arms, and hooked hands and feet, native to Borneo and Sumatra.

pig

/pɪɡ/

noun

plural noun: pigs
1.an omnivorous domesticated hoofed mammal with sparse bristly hair and a flat snout for rooting in the soil, kept for its meat.
synonyms: hog, boar, sow, porker, swine, piglet; More
2.informal
a greedy, dirty, or unpleasant person.
“I bet he’s scoffed them all, greedy pig”
synonyms: glutton, guzzler, gobbler, gorger, gourmand, gourmandizer, binge eater; More

verb

3rd person present: pigs
1.informal
gorge oneself with food.
“lovesick people pig out on chocolate”
2.informal
crowd together with other people in disorderly or dirty conditions.
“he didn’t approve of the proposal to pig it in the studio”

porcupine

ˈ/pɔːkjʊpʌɪn/

noun

a large rodent with defensive spines or quills on the body and tail.

polar bear

noun

a large white arctic bear which lives mainly on the pack ice. It is a powerful swimmer and feeds chiefly on seals.

rabbit

ˈ/rabɪt/

noun

1.a gregarious burrowing plant-eating mammal, with long ears, long hind legs, and a short tail.
synonyms: coney; child’s wordbunny (rabbit)
2.BRITISHinformal
a conversation.
“we had quite a heated rabbit about it”

verb

1.hunt rabbits.
“locate the area where you can go rabbiting”
2.BRITISHinformal
talk at length, especially about trivial matters.
“stop rabbiting on, will you, and go to bed!”

raccoon

/rəˈkuːn/

noun

a greyish-brown American mammal which has a foxlike face with a black mask, a ringed tail, and the habit of washing its food in water.
the fur of the raccoon.

rhinoceros

/rʌɪˈnɒs(ə)rəs/

noun

a large, heavily built plant-eating mammal with one or two horns on the nose and thick folded skin, native to Africa and southern Asia. All kinds have become endangered through hunting.

seal

/siːl/

noun

1.a device or substance that is used to join two things together so as to prevent them coming apart or to prevent anything passing between them.
“attach a draught seal to the door itself”
synonyms: sealant, sealer, adhesive
“the seal round the bath has come unstuck”
2.a piece of wax, lead, or other material with an individual design stamped into it, attached to a document as a guarantee of authenticity.
synonyms: emblem, symbol, insignia, device, badge, crest, coat of arms, token, mark, monogram, stamp
“the king put his seal on the letter”

verb

1.fasten or close securely.
“he folded it, sealed the envelope, and walked to the postbox”
synonyms: fasten, secure, shut, close up, lock, bolt, board up More
2.apply a non-porous coating to (a surface) to make it impervious.
“the pine boarding should be sealed with polyurethane”

sheep

/ʃiːp/

noun

1.a domesticated ruminant mammal with a thick woolly coat and (typically only in the male) curving horns. It is kept in flocks for its wool or meat, and is proverbial for its tendency to follow others in the flock.
synonyms: ram, ewe, lamb, wether, bellwether; More
2.used with reference to people who are too easily influenced or led.
“party members should not follow their leader like sheep”

squirrel

ˈ/skwɪr(ə)l/

noun

1.an agile tree-dwelling rodent with a bushy tail, typically feeding on nuts and seeds.
verb
1.hide money or something of value in a safe place.
“the money was squirrelled away in foreign bank accounts”
synonyms: save, put aside, put by, lay by, set aside, lay aside, put to one side, reserve, keep in reserve, preserve, deposit, keep, store, stockpile, accumulate, collect, stock up with/on, heap up, hoard, stow away, cache, garner; More
2.move in an inquisitive and restless manner.
“they were squirrelling around in the woods in search of something”

tiger

ˈ/tʌɪɡə/

noun

1.a very large solitary cat with a yellow-brown coat striped with black, native to the forests of Asia but becoming increasingly rare.
2.used in names of tiger moths and striped butterflies, e.g. scarlet tiger, plain tiger.

warthog

/ˈwɔːthɒɡ/

noun

an African wild pig with a large head, warty lumps on the face, and curved tusks.

walrus

/ˈwɔːlrəs,ˈwɒlrəs/

noun

a large gregarious marine mammal related to the eared seals, having two large downward-pointing tusks and found in the Arctic Ocean.

water buffalo

noun

a large black domesticated buffalo with heavy swept-back horns, used as a beast of burden throughout the tropics.

whale

/weɪl/

noun

a very large marine mammal with a streamlined hairless body, a horizontal tail fin, and a blowhole on top of the head for breathing.
synonyms: cetacean, leviathan

wolf

/wʊlf/

noun

1.a wild carnivorous mammal which is the largest member of the dog family, living and hunting in packs. It is native to both Eurasia and North America, but is much persecuted and has been widely exterminated.
2.used figuratively to refer to a rapacious, ferocious, or voracious person or thing.
“he calls the media ravening wolves”

verb

1.devour (food) greedily.
“he wolfed down his breakfast”
synonyms: devour greedily, gobble (up), guzzle, gulp down, bolt, cram down, gorge oneself with; More

wolverine

ˈ/wʊlvəriːn/

noun

a heavily built short-legged carnivorous mammal with a long brown coat and a bushy tail, native to northern tundra and forests in Eurasia and North America.

zebra

ˈ/zɛbrə,ˈziːbrə/

noun

1.an African wild horse with black-and-white stripes and an erect mane.
2.a large butterfly with pale stripes on a dark background, in particular:

See also :

Mammals A – L

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