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== Categorizing the animals ==
== Categorizing the animals ==
Revision as of 12:42, 12 March 2010
animal sounds (A)
- cry, roar, squeal, buzz, chatter etc.
Categorizing the animals
kind, type, species (n) (A)
- What kind of animal is this?
- What kind of weapon do you use to hunt a yerik?
- a generic term for a special part of a group consisting out of different things, not necessary for animals only, but usefull in general
worm (ngawng) (C)
- In order to make animal-classification not too Earth-like, "ngawng" could mean any longish animal, more or less creeping/crawling on surfaces, regardless whether it is a vertebrate or invertebrate. So also snakes(?), centipedes and alike would be "ngawng".
- Maybe the generic Na'vi-term for "fish" includes only water-breathing vertebrates, while there is one (or two) different term(s) for water-living invertebrates: maybe the invertebrates are classified according to their seize: clearly visible ones and nearly unvisible ones.
flying animal (B)
- Maybe there is a generic term for vertebrate animals equipped with wings (ikran, toruk, tetrapteron and alike), in contrast to a term for vertebrates, which fly using other methods (like the "fan lizard"). How about flying "insects"? Do they count into one group?
mammals / vertebrates, which are not mammals (C)
vertebrates, which walk on their (six) legs (B)
- Maybe there is a general term to include e. g. pa'li, nantang, (even Na'vi)?
domestic/bonded animal (B)
- Is there a general term? Maybe different depending on whether bonded to an individual, like the banshee, or merely tame, like the pa'li?
predatory animal (vs.) prey animal (B)
- Maybe even a three-fold system according to the food-chain: (1) non-predatory prey animals, (2) animals that are both predators and prey, (3) predatory animals that themselves have few predators
to prey (C)
- Leonoptrex prey on banshees.
to feed (not yomtìng) (C)
- The thanator began to feed on the hexepede.
- as contrasted to 'Jakesully had to feed his banshee'. Is there enough usage difference there to justify a different word?
scavenger, to scavenge, carrion (C)
- Thanators are scavengers when there is no live prey available.
- The dire-wolves scavengened on the dead strumbeest.
- carrion: the body or remains of a dead animal that are 'too far gone' to be good for anything but scavenger food
parasitic worm (C-D)
bug, insect (B)
- hì'ang ?
fan lizard ()
- Since the "Survival Guide" explains, that there are even Na'vi-dances modelled after this lizard's movement, it seems to be of noticable importance.
Parts of animals
claw, paw, hoof (C)
- How about names for the limbs (or pairs of limbs) of the typical six-legged Pandoran beast. Especially interesting would be a term for the second set of forelimbs.
body armour / armour plates that animals have (B)
- like seen in the hammerhead or the thanator
- Do some of Pandora's animals have got fur?
whisker etc. ()
- the sensory plates/tendrils on e.g. a thanator
antenna (the paired queues of animals) (B)
operculum, the breathing vents (C)
- A common feature of Pandoran life. Or is it called "nostrils" like in Na'vi body (see "The body")?
Housing of animals, their "family"
den, lair (n) (B)
- We carefully approached the Palulukan's lair.
cub, pup, young animal (in general) (B)
- The Palulukan and her cub were sleeping in their den.
male/female (in animals) (C)
- In many earthly languages there are very special terms for the two genders of any possible animal, like "boar" vs. "sow" etc. How about the (bigger) animals on Pandora?
perch (v) (C)
- "Ikran's version of standing."