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Animal Names Vocabulary List

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JAPANESE ANIMAL NAMES


1 minute Japanese: Basic animal names in Japanese

A

alligator - ワニwani || THANKS TO Tenshi Rafael
ant
-
アリ ari
armadillo -
アルマジロarumajiro || THANKS TO Tenshi Rafael

N

Nautilus - オウムガイ oumugai || THANKS TO Uichee (Vijay)!
Newt
-
イモリ imori || THANKS TO Alan Mogi!
Nightingale -
サヨナキドリ or ナイチンゲール sayonakidori or naichinge-ru || THANKS TO Uichee (Vijay)!

B

bat - こうもり koumori || THANKS TO Tenshi Rafael
bear
-
kuma
birds -
tori
birdschicken - ニワトリ niwa tori
birdscrane - tsuru
birdseagle - washi
birds
hawk - taka
birdsowl - フクロウ fukurou
birdssparrow - スズメ suzume
birdsstork - コウノトリ kou no tori
birdsswan - 白鳥 haku chou

O

Octopus - 蛸 tako || THANKS TO Alan Mogi!
Orangutan - オランウータン oranu-tan || THANKS TO Uichee (Vijay)!
Otter
   -川獺 kawauso || THANKS TO Alan Mogi!


Oriole -
コウライウグイス kouraiugaisu || THANKS TO Uichee (Vijay)!
Ostrich -
ダチョウ dachou || THANKS TO Uichee (Vijay)!
Otter -
川獺 kawauso || THANKS TO Uichee (Vijay)!
Owl -
フクロウ fukurou || THANKS TO Uichee (Vijay)!

C

cat - neko more...
camel -
ラクダ rakuda
cow -
ushi
crab -
カニ kani
crow -
からす karasu || THANKS TO Tenshi Rafael

P

panda - パンダ panda || THANKS TO Tenshi Rafael
penguin
-
ペンギン pengin || THANKS TO Tenshi Rafael
pig
-
buta
polar (white) bear -
白熊 shiro kuma

D

dinosaurs - 恐竜 kyou ryuu
dog -
inu
dolphin -
イルカ iruka
donkey -
ロバ roba
dragon -
ryuu
duck -
アヒル ahiru || THANKS TO Tenshi Rafael

Q

quail - uzura

E

elephant - zou

R

rabbit - ウサギ usagi
rat / mouse
-
ネズミ nezumi
rhino -
サイ sai

F

fox - kitsune || THANKS TO Fox D. Nights
frog - カエル kaeru
firefly -
hotaru || THANKS TO Tenshi Rafael
fish -
sakana
fishcarp - こい koi
fishgoldfish - 金魚 kin gyo
fishshark - サメ same
fishwhale - kujira

S

scorpion - さそり sasori || THANKS TO Tenshi Rafael
sheep
-
hitsuji
skunk -
スカンク sukanku
snake -
hebi
snail -
蝸牛 katatsumuri || THANKS TO Tenshi Rafael
squid -
イカ ika || THANKS TO Tenshi Rafael

G

giraffe - キリン kirin
goat -
ヤギ yagi
Godzilla -
ゴジラ gojira
gorilla -
ゴリラ gorira

T

tiger - トラ tora
turtle -
kame

H

hamster - ハムスター hamusuta-
hippo -
カバ kaba
horse -
uma

U

unicorn - 一角獣 ikkakujuu

I

insects - mushi
fishbee - hachi
fishbeetle - カブトムシ kabutomushi
fishbutterfly - 蝶々 chou chou
fishcricket - コオロギ koorogi
fishmosquito - ka
fishwasp - スズメバチ suzumebachi
fishworm - ミミズ mimizu

V

Vulture - はげたけ hagetake || THANKS to Ulrike

J

jaguar - ジャガー jaga-

W

wild boar - inoshishi
wolf -
ookami

K

kangaroo - カンガルー kangaru-
koala -
コアラ koara

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L

lamb - 子羊 kohitsuji
lion -
ライオン raion
leopard -
ヒョウ hyou

Y

yak - ヤク yaku

M

mouse / rat - ネズミ nezumi
monkey -
saru
moth -
ga || THANKS TO Tenshi Rafael
mule / donkey -
ロバ roba

Z

zebra - シマウマ shima uma

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Where do I submit new animal names?

I'd like to put in there that "spider" is "kumo" クモ because it's such a common thing to see...and to fear! :P I'm going to start saying, "Sumimasen, kumo-san," before squashing them from now on.

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