What’s in a Name Critter Time

What’s in a Name? Critter Time

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So far we’ve looked mostly at plant names and what they mean but as an equal opportunities columnist I figured I’d better do something for the critter lovers amongst us and translate a few animal names

Echidna Tachyglossus aculeatus Tachy – fast, -glossus tongue, aculatus spiny, so fast tongue spiny thing, which seems descriptive enough.


Echidna (image from: https://www.newscientist.com/definition/echidnas/)

Platypus Ornithorhynchus anatinus Ornith Bird -rhynchus nose/beak (Greek), anatinus duck like (Latin), so translated as “duck like bird nose”, which seems more of an insult than a description.