In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- This year we have scheduled a tiger, three lynxes, a cheetah, two pumas, a hippopotamus, and 500 rabid rats.
- Africans never succeeded in domesticating their animals, like the rhino and the hippopotamus!
- The hippopotamus, for example, has declined by 95 percent in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1994, when 30,000 roamed wild.
- Initial genetic studies have provided evidence that the marine mammals are most closely related to hippopotamuses.
- And those animals were caught, and as the elephant was drowning, the decision was made to destroy the elephant and also the hippopotamus.
- Elephants, ostriches, leopards and lions were imported in the first century B.C., followed by hippopotamus, rhinoceros, camels and giraffes.
- The Cape Colony extended systematic protection to elephants, giraffes, hippopotami, buffalo, zebras, quaggas and antelopes in 1886.
- The giant hippopotamus is the only aquatic artiodactyl, spending most of its time in water.
- The name hippopotamus comes from Greek and means ‘river horse.’
- The hippopotamus is perfectly at home in the water, mating and giving birth there.
- Arriving in step with East African flora were the creatures of the East African savannas: gazelle, giant deer, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, wart hog.
- The presence of the manatee and the hippopotamus in the lower levels of the stratigraphic profile at the Ogoloma site is also significant.
- Dwarf elephant, hippopotamus and deer disappeared from Mediterranean Islands around the time of human colonization.
- Others - notably of sleek horses, cute lambs, elephants and a hippopotamus - could be auditioning for kitschy animal calendars.
- Animals with relatively short distal bones, such as elephants and hippopotamuses, have more columnar legs and do little running.
- Mozambique a great diversity of animal life, including zebras, water buffalo, elephants, giraffes, lions, hippopotami, and crocodiles.
- Artiodactyls range from the rabbit-sized ‘mouse deer’ of southeast Asia to the three-ton giant hippopotamus and ten-foot giraffes.
- Twenty-two days spent tracking elephants, hippopotamuses, and crocodiles in the Okavango Delta.
- These creatures include fish, crocodiles, turtles, hippopotamuses, monkeys, rodents, and antelopes.
- Both could probably fly as well as a helium-filled hippopotamus.
English has borrowed many of the following foreign expressions of parting, so you’ve probably encountered some of these ways to say goodbye in other languages.
Many words formed by the addition of the suffix –ster are now obsolete - which ones are due a resurgence?
As their breed names often attest, dogs are a truly international bunch. Let’s take a look at 12 different dog breed names and their backstories.