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CEFR C2 Vocabulary - Animals

Here you will learn all the essential words for talking about Animals, collected specifically for level C2 learners.

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CEFR C2 Vocabulary
crepuscular
[adjective]
(of an animal) active during the twilight hours of dawn and dusk
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oviparous
[adjective]
producing eggs that develop and hatch outside the body
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simian
[adjective]
describing characteristics or features that are similar to those of monkeys or apes
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arboreal
[adjective]
(of animals) adapted to or living high in trees, rather than on the ground
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ectothermic
[adjective]
relating to or denoting animals that regulate their body temperature by external sources, such as the surrounding environment
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equine
[adjective]
relating to horses or members of the horse family
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piscivorous
[adjective]
feeding primarily on fish
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terrestrial
[adjective]
related to or living on land, rather than in the sea or air
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tame
[adjective]
(of an animal) fit to live with people and not afraid of them
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nocturnal
[adjective]
describing organisms or activities that are suited for functioning during the nighttime
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bovine
[adjective]
relating to or characteristic of cows or cattle
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avian
[adjective]
relating to or characteristic of birds
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viviparous
[adjective]
(of animals) giving birth to developed babies instead of laying eggs
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diurnal
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describing organisms or activities that are primarily active or occur during the daytime
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ovoviviparous
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(of an animal) giving birth to live offspring that have developed from eggs inside the mother's body
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insectivorous
[adjective]
feeding on or adapted to a diet that consists primarily or exclusively of insects
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canine
[noun]
a mammal with claws that can't retract and often has a long snout, and often used for companionship, hunting, or guarding purposes
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estivation
[noun]
a summer hibernation for animals to conserve energy during hot and dry conditions
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burrow
[noun]
a hole that an animal digs in the ground to use as a shelter
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omnivore
[noun]
an animal or person that feeds on a wide range of both plants and meat
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brood
[noun]
all the young of a bird hatched at the same time, or the young of an animal cared for together
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pincer
[noun]
any of the sharp curved organs of an arthropod or insect, such as a crab, lobster, etc.
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fang
[noun]
one of the two long and sharp teeth that some animals such as dogs, wolfs, or snakes have
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shoal
[noun]
a large number of fish swimming together
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fauna
[noun]
the animals of a particular geological period or region
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zooplankton
[noun]
microscopic animals that float in bodies of water, serving as an important food source for many aquatic organisms
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cetacean
[noun]
a marine mammal that belongs to the group known as Cetacea, which comprises whales, dolphins, and porpoises
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to graze
[verb]
(of sheep, cows, etc.) to feed on the grass in a field
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pelt
[noun]
the skin of an animal with the fur, wool, or hair still covering it
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