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Etymology is the history of words, their origins, and how their form and meaning have changed over time. By an extension, the term "the etymology of [a word]" means the origin of the particular word. In this case by learning the animals species name, we'll see many characteristics of these animals, can in fact be defined in their names. --- Improve this blossary by adding more animal names which you find interesting!!

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Acinonyx Jubatus is the species name of Cheetah, also known as the fastest land animal. It is the only extant member of the genus "Acinonyx", which is Greek for "no-move-claw". ...

Domain: Animals; Category: Animals

Pan Troglodytes is the species name for Chimpanzee. The word "Pan" refers to the genus of the species of great apes. While "Troglodytes" is a Greek word for "Cave-Dweller" ...

Domain: Animals; Category: Animals

Even the English name "Platypus" has it own etymology. It is the latinisation of the Greek word platupous, which means "flat-footed". The species name Ornithorhynchus anatinus is ...

Domain: Animals; Category: Animals

The English word is very similar: Chameleon. The English word chameleon (also chamaeleon) derives from Latin chamaeleō, a borrowing of the Greek (khamailéōn), a compound of khamaí which means ...

Domain: Animals; Category: Animals

The hippo's species name describes them very well. The word "hippopotamus" is derived from the ancient Greek hippopotamos, from hippos which means "horse", and potamos which ...

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The last surviving species in the Homo genus. Homo Sapiens is Latin for 'wise man', which described the modern human species.

Domain: Animals; Category: Animals

The killer whale or the orca is a species of toothed whale, which belongs to the oceanic dolphin family. the genus name Orcinus means "of the kingdom of the dead" and the specific name ...

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