What does the name of the narwhal, one of the oddest animals on Earth, literally mean?
This blog always relishes a chance to write about the intersection of notable creatures and notable words. For example, when an event created an excuse to write about the zany zedonk (what the heck is that? Find out here.) celebration ensued. Now, one of the few creatures that can top the zedonk for linguistic and zoological oddness has surfaced in the media. That creature of …
Keep it Classy: Fancy Words For Everyday Activities
Humming (is so boring) Yet, bombinating sounds much more interesting! This word may sound a bit like bumblebee, which is kind of neat as it means “to hum, or buzz.” First published in the late 1800s, bombinate and bombilate are twins with family-tree roots tangled in both Greek and Latin derivatives (confusing) that lead to the late Latin bombilāre, or “to hum.” Breathing (is so …
Origin of zoological garden
First recorded in 1820–30
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