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Gallopavo (was: Re: fruitbats)

From:tomhchappell <tomhchappell@...>
Date:Thursday, November 10, 2005, 23:01
--- In, caeruleancentaur
> <caeruleancentaur@Y...> wrote: > > Class: Mammalia > > Subclass: Theria > > Infraclass: Eutheria > > Order: Chiroptera > > Suborder: Megachiroptera - 1 family, 166 species; eat fruit, nectar > or pollen. Navigate by sight. Found only in the Old World > tropics. > Control their body temperature tightly. > > Suborder: Microchiroptera - 16 families, 759 species; majority are > insectivorous, some have specialized in meat, fruit, nectar or > blood. Broad distribution throughout the world, except for the > polar regions and certain islands. Navigate by echolocation. Much > less control over body temperature, many hibernate. > > The Chiroptera are the secondmost speciose order. Only Rodentia > has > more species. > > In Senjecan, in many cases, the name of a particular animal is both > specific and general. The word for "bat" is _peeþmûûsen_, i.e., > flying mouse. This is hardly descriptive of fruitbats, but is > descriptive of the typical bat found in the Urheimat which is the > noctule bat, Nyctalus noctula. The names of other bats are formed > by prefixing some descriptive element to the typical word > _peeþmûûsen_. Affixing the diminutive suffix gives _peeþmûûslen_, > the pipestrelle bat, P. pipestrellus. > > Fruitbats were unknown until after the dispersion from the > Urheimat, > so a word was coined, _peeþpûcen_, i.e., flying fox. This word is > an example of prefixing a descriptive prefix to a word denoting a > known animal. > > Charlie > >
And how do you say, in your conlang(s), the "chicken-peacock", known in English as "the Turkey" (the bird formerly known as "the Guinea- Fowl"), and in French as "l'Oiseau d'Inde" or "Dindon Sauvage", and in Spanish as "Guajalote Norten~o"? (Scientific name Meleagris gallopavo silvestris or Americana sybestris auis) (Kingdom: Animalia; Phylum: Chordata; Subphylum: Vertebrata; Superclass: Gnathostomata; Class: Aves; Subclass: Neornithes; Superorder: Neognathae; Order: Galliformes; Family: Phasianidae; SubFamily: Meleagrididae; Genus: Meleagris; Species: gallopavo; Subspecies: silvestris) Tom H.C. in MI