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    Quote Originally Posted by Janos View Post
    Some very old people here still use the word kräfta for cancer. Lungkräfta = Lung cancer. Which is logic because Cancer is the Latin word for Crayfish. It probably comes from the idea that a cancer pinch the patient like a crayfish.





    Actually kott means cone, the things that hang in needle trees. Igel is a short for Blodigel, which means Leech. Blod = Blood. Blogigel is a bloodsucking black slimy thing. https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iglar

    So a hedgehog is a leech-cone. It doesn't exactly look anything like that, so some words for animals is quite silly, but there are more animals than names available, unless you speak Latin.

    Racoon is called Tvättbjörn in swedish, which literally means Wash-Bear.

    In Belarusian, the terms for non-native animals are either loan-words from other languages or neologisms . Neologism is a newly created term. For example, racoon is janot which is likely derived from French genette.

    From dictionary of etymology published by Vasmer
    Slavic term for hedgehog is jozh / /jézh derived from proto-Slavic *ezi̯o. The term is related to Lithuanian ežỹs and Latvian ezis. Also relatied to old upper German igil and new upper German Igel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rugevit View Post
    In Belarusian, the terms for non-native animals are either loan-words from other languages or neologisms . Neologism is a newly created term. For example, racoon is janot which is likely derived from French genette.

    From dictionary of etymology published by Vasmer
    Slavic term for hedgehog is jozh / /jézh derived from proto-Slavic *ezi̯o. The term is related to Lithuanian ežỹs and Latvian ezis. Also relatied to old upper German igil and new upper German Igel.
    I believe Hedgehog is Erizo in Spanish and French.
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    Dutch:

    Mouse - Muis
    Fish - Vissen
    Owl - Uil
    Lion - Leeuw
    Horse - Paard
    Donkey - Ezel
    Camel - Kameel
    Bird - Vogel
    Crow - Kraai
    Fly - Vlieg
    Cow - Koe
    Bull - Stier
    Parrot - Papegaai
    Bee - Bij
    Chicken - Kip
    Pig - Varken
    Sheep - Schaap
    Cat - Kat
    Dog - Hond
    Bear - Beer
    Shark - Haai
    Eagle - Adelaar
    Elephant - Olifant
    Spider - Spin
    Deer - Hert
    Lizard - Hagedis
    Tiger - Tijger
    Monkey - Aap
    Lamb - Lammetje
    Butterfly - Vlinder
    Snake - Slang
    Duck - Eend
    Turtle - Schildpad
    Mosquito - Mug
    Ant - Mier
    Rabbit - Konijn
    Squirrel - Eekhoorn
    Goat - Geit
    Ostrich - Struisvogel
    Peacock - Pauw

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    Squirrel - Eng.

    écureuil - Fr

    ekorre - Sw.

    Eichhörnchen - Ger.

    Is the Swedish related to the French or the German, or is it mere coincidence?
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    Posting from my smartphone, so no fancy editing.

    Jeż - hedgehog
    Szop Pracz - racoon (washing "szop")
    Rak - crayfish/ cancer
    Źrebak - baby/ young horse
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