Animal Adjectives

While there are other forms of adjectives for animals, by far the greater majority of such words end in -ine; thus the following list deals excusively with this type. The -ine suffix comes from the Latin -inus and forms terms meaning 'of or relating to' or 'of the nature of'. Some of these words are sometimes even used in reference to people: how often have you heard of a woman moving with feline grace, for instance? Note that some animals share the same adjective, for example, badgers, ermines, ferrets, etc. are all musteline, while other animals can be descibed by more than one adjective.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


A

agoutidasyproctine
antformicine, myrmecine
anteatermyrmecophagine
antelopeantilopine
armadillotolypeutine
aspaspine
assasinine
aukalcidine

B

badgermeline, musteline
barracudapercesocine
basilisk lizardbasilicine
batnoctilionine, pteropine
bearursine
birdavine, volucrine
bird of preyaccipitrine
bisonbisontine
blackbirdicterine
bobolinkicterine
buffalobubaline
bulltaurine
bullfinchpyrrhuline
buntingemberizine
butterflypieridine, pierine
buzzardbuteonine, cathartine, pyrrhuloxine

C

calfvituline
camelcameline
capuchin monkeycebine
carpcyprine
catfeline
chamoisrupicaprine
charadrineplover
chickengalline
civetviverrine
cobraelapine
codgadine
cootfulicine
coralcoralline
coral snakeelapine
cormorantphalacrocoracine
cowbovine, vaccine
crabcancrine
cranealectorine, gruine
crocodilecrocodiline
crowcorvine
cuckoocuculine

D

dasyuredasyurine
deercervine
dododidine
dogcanine
dolphindelphine
domestic fowlgalline
dormousemyoxine
dovecolumbine
dragondraconine
duckanatine

E

eagleaquiline
earthwormlumbricine
elephantelephantine
elkcervine
erminemusteline

F

falconaccipitrine, falconine
ferretmusteline
finchfringilline
fishpiscine
fleapulicine
flycatchermuscicapine
flying foxpteropine
foxvulpine
frogranine
fur sealotarine

G

gazellegazelline
gerbilcricetine
giant ground slothmegatherine
gibbonhylobatine
giraffegiraffine
goatcaprine, hircine
gooseanserine
grousetetraonine
gulllaridine, larine

H

hamstercricetine
hareleporine
hartebeestbubaline
hawkaccipitrine, falconine
hawkmothsphingine
hippopotamushippopotamine
hornetvespine
horsecaballine, equine
humanhominine
hummingbirdtrochilidine, trochiline
humpback whalemegapterine
hyenahyenine
hyraxhyracine

I

ibisibidine
Indian swamp deerrucervine

J

jackdawcorvine
jaycorvine, garruline

K

kakanestorine
kangaroomacropine, macropodine
keanestorine
kestrelfalconine
kingfisherdacelonine, halcyonine
kitemilvine

L

leechhirudine
lemmingmicrotine
lemurlemurine
leopardpardine
limpetpatelline
lionleonine
lizardlacertine
lobsterhomarine
lousepediculine
lynxlyncine
 

M

macawpsittacine
magpiecorvine
mambaelapine
manateemanatine
martenmusteline
megacerosmegacerine, megacerotine
minkmusteline
miteacarine
moadinornithine
mockingbirdmimine
moletalpine
monadmonadine
mongooseherpestine, viverrine
moosecervine
mosquitoaedine, anopheline, culicine
mousemurine, musine
mulemule
musk deermoschine
musk oxovibovine

N

nuthatchsittine

O

octopusoctopine
opposumdidelphine
orioleicterine
oryxorygine
ospreypandionine
ostrichstruthionine
otterlutrine, musteline
owlstrigine
oxbovine, taurine
oysterostracine

P

palm-catparadoxurine
palm-civetparadoxurine
pantherpantherine
parakeetpsittacine
parrotpsittacine
partridgeperdicine
peacockpavonine
perchpercine
perching birdpasserine
phalangerphalangine, phalangistine
pheasantphasianine
pigporcine, suilline
pigeonpullastrine
polecatmusteline
porcupinehystricine
porpoisephocaenine
pythonpythonine

Q

quailcoturnine

R

rabbitleporine
raccoonprocyonine
railralline
ramarietine
ratmurine
rattlesnakecrotaline
ravencorvine
reindeerrangiferine
rhinocerosceratorhine, rhinerocerine
robinturdine
rodentglirine
roebuckcapreoline

S

sablesabelline, zibeline
salamandersalamandrine
sandpipertringine
scorpion flypanorpine
sea duckfuliguline
sea horsehippocampine
sea lionotarine
sealphocine
serpentserpentine
sheepovine
shrewsoricine
silkwormbombycine
skunkmephitine, musteline
skylarkalaudine
sluglimacine
smeltatherine
snakeanguilline, anguine, colubrine, serpentine, viperine
snipescolopacine
songbirdoniscine, oscine
sparrowemberizine, passerine
sphinxsphingine, sphinxine
squirrelsciurine
stagelaphine
starlingsturnine
stoatmusteline
storkciconine
sturgeonacipenserine
swallowhirundine
swancygnine
swiftcypseline
sylphsylphine

T

termitetermitine
thrushturdine
tickacarine
tigertigrine
titparine
titmouseparine, penduline
toadbufotenine
tortoisetestudine
turkeymeleagrine

V

viperviperine
volemicrotine
vulturecathartine, vulturine

W

walrusodobenine
warblersylvicoline
waspvespine
weaselmusteline
wolflupine
woodpeckerpicine
wrentroglodytine

Z

zebrahippotigrine, zebrine

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