Questions about vocabulary related to animals (names, sounds, name of the groups of animals etc.) Preguntas acerca de vocabulario relacionado con animales (nombres, sonidos, nombre del grupo de animales, etc.)

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Why is a “jack” called a “gato”?

¿Por qué se llama "gato" a un "jack"? Esto es, el gato hidráulico o mecánico que se usa para levantar grandes pesos. Para mí, un "jack" no se parece para nada al animal "gato". Why is a "jack" ...
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What is the article for Avestruz?

Do you say Los avestruces or Las avestruces? I think I've seen both. Maybe both are accepted? In singular it is easier, and maybe it just extrapolates to the plural. In singular it's El avestruz, in ...
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Most accurate translation of “possum”

What is the most universal Spanish word to describe a possum? What regional variations exist? Does the translation refer specifically to the same animal as the English word, or does it cover a larger ...
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Differentiate 'whinny' and 'nicker' in Spanish

I know the spanish word for whinny (horses' sound) would be 'relincho' but I cant seem to find the correct translation for nicker. Definition of nicker according to google: (a horse) ...
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Translation of “bed bug” (chinche?)

In English, bed bugs are parasitic insects that can infest beds and the areas where people sleep. Wikipedia shows that the Spanish term for bed bug is chinche. However, my understanding is that ...
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Are all sneaky weasels female?

I'm pretty sure I read "comadreja tramposa" (sneaky weasel, using the feminine gender) on Dilbert; it was being applied to the pointy-haired boss. So, assuming "comadreja" (feminine) is the name for ...
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Telling a pet to get out of the way

English If I want to tell my cat to get out of the way, I can say “scram!” or “scoot!” In Spanish, how can I tell my cat to go away quickly? Merriam-Webster’s Spanish dictionary says that ...
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A “butterfly of the light” is a “lamp bug”?

What is a "lamp bug"? What is a "butterfly of the light"? In Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," a "lamp bug" is mentioned. In the Spanish translation ("Las Uvas de la Ira") it is called "Una ...
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Insect bites vs. stings

In English, some insects bite you (like mosquitos), while other insects sting you (like bees). A bite generally involves an animal's mouth, while a sting involves another part of the animal (a bee's ...
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Usage of the word Zarigüeya

I know that Mexico uses tlacuache, but by action of the TV zarigüeya is entering to Mexico, so I'm curious about the countries were the word is actually used. I'd like to know if there are countries ...
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Are there no gophers in Spain?

In The Grapes of Wrath/Las Uvas de la Ira the English text mentions a gopher hole; the Spanish translation says, "la madriguera de una ardilla." But isn't an ardilla a squirrel? Why no specific word ...