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 Post subject: Re: Afrikaans Animal Names
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 6:31 pm 
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Vlermuis comes from Vlerkmuis (I think). It means Wing-Mous.

Vos is Dutch for Fox.

Have you ever thought of: Skoenlapper > shoe cleaner > butterfly

Naaldekoker > I don't know the direct translation but it's something where you store Nails. Or it can also be translated as nail-cooker > dragonfly


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 Post subject: Re: Afrikaans Animal Names
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Afrikaans: Monnikaasvoël

English: Hooded Vulture

Scientific: Necrosyrtes monachus

Direct translation from Afrikaans to English: monk bait bird / friar bait bird

Danish: oernefugle (accipitridae, goshawks, harriers, hawks, Old World vultures).

Dutch: havikachtigen (accipitridae, goshawks, harriers, hawks, Old World vultures).

French: accipitridés (Old World vultures).

German: Geier (griffon, vulture).

Greek: αετίδες (accipitridae, goshawks, harriers, hawks, Old World vultures).

Italian: accipitridi (accipitridae, goshawks, harriers, hawks, Old World vultures).

Pig Latin: ulturesvay.

Portuguese: accipitrídeos (accipitridae, goshawks, harriers, hawks, Old World vultures).

Zulu: Inqe / uPhalane*

Sotho: Lenong*

Xhosa: Inkqo*

South Sotho: Lehonyane/Tlakatsooana*

Tsonga: Mpenyani [Tsonga]*

http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/bir ... pterus.htm

* I am uncertain whether this refers to vultures in general, or a specific vulture species.

Hooded Vulture Belief in African Culture

In Hausaland, it is said that the Hooded Vulture lays two eggs, one of which hatches into a fly.

http://www.outlookonafrica.co.za/africa ... ulturehide

Dreams

To dream of vultures, signifies that some scheming person is bent on injuring you, and will not succeed unless you see the vulture wounded, or dead. :|
For a woman to dream of a vulture, signifies that she will be overwhelmed with slander and gossip. :| :lol:

http://www.websters-online-dictionary.o ... tures.html

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 Post subject: Re: Afrikaans Animal Names
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:29 pm 
Thanks again, Elzet!

What more can one say!

I think the "Vol" in "volstruis" probably just means "voel", or "bird"??....


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 Post subject: Re: Afrikaans Animal Names
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Short for vogel = as in Dutch for bird, RP :thumbs_up:

(Perhaps we should include the umhlaut = voël (bird), else it becomes feel... :lol: )

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English: Scorpion
Afrikaans = Skerpioen
Portuguese = Escorpião
Spanish = Escorpión
Italian = Scorpione
Dutch = Schorpioen
Nguni = Fezela
Sotho = Phepheng/phepheug
Xhosa = Fezehlah
Nguni = Fezela
Swahili = Nge (N'ngee (Thanks to the Guides of Selous (Whiteman John and Mzee Haule) and Rumuruti)).


Etymology

From Old (and modern) French scorpion, from Latin scorpio, ultimately from Ancient Greek σκόρπιος.


Folklore

Many ancient myths about scorpions were still being retold until relatively modern times, among these was the belief that a scorpion surrounded by a ring of fire would sting itself to death, as scorpions are immune to their own stings this is highly unlikely. They would of course get highly agitated. Other myths include the suggestion that scorpions don't drink and that black ones are more deadly than pale coloured ones, in fact as a general rule the opposite is true.


Astrology

In Western astrology, people born under Scorpio are said to be strong, lustful, jealous and vengeful. These same qualities can take on corresponding positive aspects such as the ability to love passionately, apply themselves with determination and have good memories. A sort of horrible glamour is possessed by "double Scorpios" -- someone born in the sign of the scorpion with Scorpio also as their ascendant.


Famous Fable - The Scorpion and the Tortoise

A scorpion and a tortoise became such fast friends that they took a vow that they would never separate. So when it happened that one of them was obliged to leave his native land, the other promised to go with him. They had traveled only a short distance when they came to a wide river. The scorpion was now greatly troubled.

"Alas," he said, "you, my friend, can easily swim, but how can a poor scorpion like me ever get across this stream?"

"Never fear," replied the tortoise; "only place yourself squarely on my broad back and I will carry you safely over."

No sooner was the scorpion settled on the tortoise's broad back, than the tortoise crawled into the water and began to swim. Halfway across he was startled by a strange rapping on his back, which made him ask the scorpion what he was doing.

"Doing?" answered the scorpion. "I am wetting my sting to see if it is possible to pierce your hard shell."

"Ungrateful friend," responded the tortoise, "it is well that I have it in my power both to save myself and to punish you as you deserve." And straightway he sank his back below the surface and shook off the scorpion into the water.

http://www.khandro.net/animal_scorpion.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;"

http://www.earthlife.net/chelicerata/scorpionidae.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;"


For an Afrikaans article on scorpion fossils :shock: :big_eyes: , check out
http://jv.dieburger.com//Stories/News/1 ... 71320.aspx" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;"

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Wow, another great thread I discovered just now :clap: :clap:
Once again a lot to read and to learn :thumbs_up:

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Species: Python Sebae / Python sebae natalensis

English = African Rock Python, Rock Python, African Python
Afrikaans = Luislang (Direct translation: lazy snake = Might be because people tend to view pythons as inactive hunters that ambush their pray / Pythons are primarily ambush hunters that consume vertebrate prey. If the true Afrikaans word is lui (lazy), it could also be due to the fact that the snakes were perceived as lazy based on their diet - as it may take a python days or even weeks to completely digest a large meal, leaving the snake potentially vulnerable because of the bulky bulge in its body. The snake may not need to eat again for months.

French = python
Portuguese = pitão/piton
Italian = pitone
Dutch = python
Xhosa = intlwathi/tlwathi
Swahili = chatu
Sotho = hlware/thware
Venda = tharu
Zulu = hlathu
Bemba = lusato
Nyiramba, Sumwa & Wanda = Nsato


Etymology
Latin Python, from Greek Puthon

The name python comes from a mythical giant serpent in Greek mythology. Python in ancient Greece may refer to:
• Python (mythology) serpent, the earth-dragon of Delphi
• Python of Byzantium orator, diplomat of Philip II of Macedon
• Python of Catana poet who accompanied Alexander the Great
• Python of Aenus student of Plato

The python is credited by the Venda with the creation of all. In Venda folklore, Lake Fundudzi is home to a huge python which is celebrated by young girls in the Venda fertility dance. According to the Venda people, the python is the god of fertility.

http://books.google.co.za/books?id=Pat0 ... re&f=false"

For images: http://www.bushveld.co.za/pictures-python.htm"

Other info above obtained from too many sources to mention, too little time...

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Warthog - Vlakvark - Grondrenoster :lol: :lol:

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Warthog = direct translation = vratvark (how appropriate!) = vlakvark = direct translation to English = shallow pig! :lol: :lol:

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We met some people from the states and they said they say some wild boar = warthog

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Warthog (Group name = Sounder)

English = Warthog
Afrikaans = Vlakvark
Greek = ακροχορδώνας
Spanish = Jabalí
Italian = Facocero
French = Phacochère
Latin = Phacochoerus Aethiopicus
Zulu = Indlovudawana / Intibane
Swahili = Ngiri
Shona = Njiri
Tswana = Kolobê Yanaga

The Warthog or Common Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus, "African Lens-Pig") is a wild member of the pig family that lives in Africa.

The common name comes from the four large wart-like protrusions found on the head of the warthog.

Interesting: The name Pumba, the warthog in Disney's Lion King, is taken from the Swahili word "pumbaa" which means fool or idiot.

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B5S, wild boar = warthog? :lol:

but... same class = Suidae :thumbs_up:


From Wikipedia:

The wild boar (Sus scrofa) is an omnivorous, gregarious mammal of the biological family Suidae (the pig family). It is native across much of Central Europe, the Mediterranean Region (including North Africa's Atlas Mountains) and much of Asia as far south as Indonesia, and has been introduced elsewhere. It is the wild ancestor of the domestic pig.

The warthog or common warthog (Phacochoerus africanus, "African Lens-Pig") is a wild member of the pig family that lives in Africa. The common name comes from the four large wart-like tusks found on the head of the warthog, which serve the purpose of defense when males fight. They are the only widely recognised species in their genus, though some authors divide them into two species. On that classification, P. africanus is the common (or northern) warthog and P. aethiopicus is the desert warthog, also known as the Cape or Somali warthog.

Micetta! :lol: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Afrikaans Animal Names
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 7:47 pm 
Nice, Elzet! 8)

Curious as to the exact origin of "vlakvark", though.. :hmz:


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