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Interesting Vocabulary: Animals #3, by Dennis Oliver

 

Special Names for Parts
of
Some Animals

 

Did you know that there are special names for parts of
some animals?

Here are some common examples:

description
 

name

the horns of a deer,
elk, moose, reindeer
 

antlers
     

the hard, pointed shell
around the mouth of
most birds
 

beak
     

the flat, rounded shell
around the mouth of ducks,
geese, swans, and
similar birds
 

bill
     

the hard, sharp "nails"
on the feet of many
animals and birds
 

claws
     

the bright red flesh
on the head of roosters
and some other birds
 

comb
     

the thin, flat, webbed projections
from the body of a fish
that it uses for movement
 

fins
     

the "arms" or "legs" of animals
that live in the sea (like seals,
walruses, dolphins)
 

flippers
     

the thick hair which covers
the skin of many animals
 

fur
     

the specialized "toe nails"
that horses, deer, cows,
and similar animals have
 

hooves
(singular
hoof)
     

the long hair which grows
around the head and
shoulders of a lion and
along the neck of horses
and similar animals
 

mane
     

the "hands" of animals that
walk on four legs and have
claws or nails (like dogs,
lions, beavers, monkeys)
 

paws
     

the "pocket" that
kangaroos, opossums, and
similar animals have
 

pouch
     

the large, strong claws
that eagles, hawks, owls, and
similar birds have
 

talons

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