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Animal Glossary

Updated on June 3, 2015
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English actor Terry-Thomas, in 1961
English actor Terry-Thomas, in 1961
English actor Terry-Thomas, in 1961 | Source

A - e

  • Autapomorphy
  • - A distinctive anatomical feature, a derived trait, unique to a given terminal group. From the Greek words: aut=self, apo=away from, morphe=shape. Describing any charateristic that has evolved in only a single species (or other taxon)
  • Crepuscular
  • Relating to twilight
  • Diastema
  • - A space or gap between two teeth.
  • Diurnal
  • During the day












F - j

  • Fossil
  • The remains or impression of a prehistoric organism preserved in petrified form.
  • Genealogical
  • Of or relating to the study or tracing of lines of family descent
  • Genera (plural of Genus - see below)
  • Genus
  • Biology - A principal taxonomic category that ranks above species and below family, known by a capitalized Latin name, e.g., Leo.
  • Incisor
  • Front teeth in most heterodont mammals. (See 'heterodont' below.)
  • Heterodont
  • Refers to animals which possess more than a single tooth.

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Groundhog (Marmota monax), Ottawa, Ontario A yellow-bellied marmot near Princeton, British Columbia. The marmot is standing on a wooden sculpture known as Phifer's Fountain. The sculpture was created in the 1970s from the last load of old-growth cedar taken from the Queen Charlotte Islands. IMy Friend the Marmot
Groundhog (Marmota monax), Ottawa, Ontario
Groundhog (Marmota monax), Ottawa, Ontario | Source
A yellow-bellied marmot near Princeton, British Columbia. The marmot is standing on a wooden sculpture known as Phifer's Fountain. The sculpture was created in the 1970s from the last load of old-growth cedar taken from the Queen Charlotte Islands. I
A yellow-bellied marmot near Princeton, British Columbia. The marmot is standing on a wooden sculpture known as Phifer's Fountain. The sculpture was created in the 1970s from the last load of old-growth cedar taken from the Queen Charlotte Islands. I | Source
My Friend the Marmot
My Friend the Marmot | Source

K - o

  • Lineage
  • Ancestry, family, origin, background
  • Marmots
  • - Marmots are large squirrels in the genus Marmota.
  • Nocturnal
  • Done, occurring or active at night












P - u

  • Phylogenetics
  • The study of evolutionary relationships among groups of organisms.
  • Primeval
  • Of or resembling the earliest ages in the history of the world
  • Proto-squirrel
  • A prehistoric squirrel
  • Sciurids
  • They follow the common design of the rodents.
  • Species
  • In biology it simply means that they are Homo sapiens and they can breed

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    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      3 years ago

      Hi Deb. I apologize for replying late. I was on "vacation".

      I appreciate the smile and your comments. Glad that I helped you to learn things.

      I only wrote that for any animal Hubs which I published, I was unaware it would stand on its own.

      Have a nice day. :-)

      Kevin

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I was smiling when I looked at this. There are so many things to learn. Thanks for the help.

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      The Examiner-1 

      3 years ago

      I take it that my explanations were more clear than the original words.

      Kevin

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      Catherine Giordano 

      3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      The original words. Your explanations were clear.

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      The Examiner-1 

      3 years ago

      You did not miss anything Shyron, I thank you for your votes and comments. :-)

      Kevin

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Kev, I missed this somehow. These are interesting things to know. I love our living language. You can expect a lot of words from me and I will write them down and send them to you.

      Voted up, UAI and shared

      Blessings and Hugs to you dear friend. */:^)

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      3 years ago

      Do you mean that original words or the explanations were the brain twisters? Judging by your compliment I would say it is the original words. I just want to know so that I can correct them if it is in the explanations.

      Kevin

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      Catherine Giordano 

      3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Some of those terms are I know and some are tongue twister brain twisters. A good resource.

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      The Examiner-1 

      3 years ago

      I express my gratitude to you for the 'double' compliments on that Hub Ann. I love following words and their meanings too.

      Kevin

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      Good for reference to the squirrel hub but it also stands alone as useful, educational and interesting. I love words and their derivatives so I like to read this type of thing.

      Good compilation, Kevin!

      Ann

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      3 years ago

      I am glad that you learned a few things. Yes, it is for the squjirrel Hub - at least at the moment. Any other animal Hubs I write I will add words to it.

      Thank you for stopping by to read it and I am glad that it was interesting to you.

      Kevin

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      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

      I learned a few things looking at this, I understand its for the other hub? still, it was really interesting in its own right, nell

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      3 years ago

      Thank you again Frank. I wrote it to explain the meaning of some words in the squirrel Hub.I tried to be as literal and simple as possible.

      Kevin

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      An animal or plant that has less pigment than normal. An albino animal usually has skin that appears white or transparent; white or nearly colorless hair, feathers.. kidding your little pocket glossary can come in handy for school children.. so useful and clever

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      3 years ago

      I am sorry Rachel. I wrote this intending for it to be easier to understand the words in the other Hub. Any words which you do not understand let me know and I will work on them.

      Kevin

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      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I have to admit, I have not heard of some of those words.

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Very comprehensive and educational.

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      3 years ago

      I have not come across any words in that area yet. As soon as I do I will put it in. If you have seen something in the squirrel article which should be added to it, let me know.

      I am glad that you liked it. :-)

      Kevin

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nothing under "z" how can this be? :) I actually love educational articles so this worked well for me.

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