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More Animal Adjectives

August 4, 2014
Sometimes that cloud just looks like a mouse, or maybe that car is as big as an elephant! Here are a few more words that you can use to liken anything to animals.

Make sure to check out our first list of Animal Adjectives
porcine
France is counting on China to catapult its bacon into the world's porcine pantheon.
Wall Street Journal (Apr 2, 2014)
caprine
You can also use the word hircine.
Like the chamois, it has a gland below and behind the ear, the secretion of which has a caprine odor.
Various
aquiline
Dressed in his habitual black, he had the same aquiline profile as always, the same irrepressible eyebrows.
New York Times (May 28, 2014)
apian
It quickly became clear that in its basic facts, the novel sticks closely to real-world apian biology and behavior.
Washington Post
avian
The company recorded six avian deaths last year: three eagles, one raven, one crow and one grouse.
US News (Jun 13, 2014)
cervine
It was a magnificent cervine army with white banners, and I shall never look upon its like again.
Sears, George Washington
elephantine
The egg, likewise, is elephantine — a foot long and nearly nine inches in diameter.
Washington Post (Apr 15, 2013)
feline
This word is often used as a noun, meaning simply cat (domestic or big).
In a feline manner, he climbed on top of various people in the class as they did poses, testing our stability.
New York Times (Jun 19, 2014)
lupine
Leyzaola is forty-nine, trim and athletic, with a strong, slightly lupine face.
Slate (Jun 23, 2012)
taurine
Taurine, as a noun, also often refers to a chemical occurring naturally in some animals.
He was of choicest pedigree, but the utter strangeness of the scene turned his taurine wits.
Bates, Katharine Lee
murine
You might object that mice and men are not the same and that studying the murine mind is different from studying the human mind.
Scientific American (Jul 26, 2011)
cetacean
This can be a noun too. Alternatively, you could use cetaceous, which is only ever an adjective.
Does that mean it’s more like thrash metal than a love song – perhaps some form of cetacean male bonding?
New York Times (Mar 20, 2012)

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