Family Word Snacks: Animal Words!


Today’s words are adjectives with animal origins and are fun and easy to remember, I think, for that reason. But we’re going to change it up this time with a good list, not a pair, of words. Here we go!

aquiline: [ˈakwəˌlīn,-lin/] (a) like an eagle; (of a person’s nose) hooked or curved like an eagle’s beak

asinine: [ˈasəˌnīn/] (a) like an ass (as in donkey); extremely stupid or foolish

bovine: [ˈbōvīn,-vēn/] 1. (a) of, relating to, or affecting cattle; synonym: cowlike. 2. (n) an animal of the cattle group, which also includes buffaloes and bisons.

canine: [ˈkāˌnīn/] (a) 1. of, relating to, or resembling a dog or dogs. (n) 2. a dog. 3. a pointed tooth between the incisors and premolars of a mammal, often greatly enlarged in carnivores.

feline: [ˈfēˌlīn/] (a) 1. of, relating to, or affecting cats or other members of the cat family. (n) 2.
a cat or other member of the cat family.

leonine: [ˈlēəˌnīn/] (a) of or resembling a lion or lions

porcine: [ˈpôrˌsīn/] (a) of, affecting, or resembling a pig or pigs

vulpine: [ˈvəlˌpīn/] (a) of or relating to a fox or foxes

What animal adjective would you use to describe yourself? (You had to know that question was coming.)

Thank you for being tuned in parents. I welcome your comments, suggestions, and tips! There’s more for you, too, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on Pinterest!

-Elle C.

About Elle C. Mayberry

Elle C. Mayberry is a mom and author, who just released a new children’s book with her young daughter. With a passion for parenting and degrees in psychology and “make it workology,” she created Tuned In Parents (TiP).

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