Etymology
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zoography (n.)

1590s, from zoo- "animal" + -graphy. Related: Zoographer; zoographic.

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zoophagous (adj.)

"carnivorous," 1840, from zoo- "animal" + -phagous "eating." Related: Zoophagy; zoophage.

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mink (n.)

early 15c., "skin or fur of the (European) mink," from a Scandinavian source (compare Swedish menk "a stinking animal in Finland"). Applied in English to the animal itself from 1620s, and extended to the related (but larger) animal of North America by Capt. John Smith (1624). Related: Minkery "an establishment where minks are bred and trained for ratting" (by 1862, American English).

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tetrapod (n.)

"four-footed animal, quadruped," 1826, from Modern Latin tetrapodus, from Greek tetrapous "four-footed," as a noun, "four-footed animal," from tetra- "four" (from PIE root *kwetwer- "four") + pous "foot" (from PIE root *ped- "foot").

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gabble (n.)

"senseless, loud, rapid talk; animal noise," c. 1600, from gabble (v.).

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greenhorn (n.)

mid-15c., "horn of an animal recently killed," also "young horned animal," from green (adj.) in sense of "new, fresh, recent" + horn (n.). Applied to new soldiers from c. 1650; extended to any inexperienced person by 1680s.

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sea-monster (n.)

"huge, hideous, or terrible marine animal," 1580s, from sea + monster. Sea serpent is attested from 1640s. In Middle English a sea-monster might be called sea-wolf; in Old English, sædraca "sea dragon," or sædeor "sea-animal."

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eft (n.)

Old English efte, efeta "small lizard-like animal," of unknown origin (see newt).

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koala (n.)

Australian marsupial, 1808, from the Aboriginal name of the animal, variously given as koola, kulla, kula.

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mammalian (adj.)

"of or pertaining to the mammals," 1813, from mammal + -ian. As a noun, "an animal of the class Mammalia," from 1835.

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