Latin Animal Roots – 25 Words

aquiline

curved down like an eagle’s beak

asinine

devoid of intelligence

bovine

any of various wild or domestic cattle

canine

a dog or related mammal

caprine

being or pertaining to or resembling a goat or goats

cervine

relating to or resembling deer

equine

resembling a horse

ermine

mustelid of northern hemisphere in its white winter coat

feline

of or relating to cats

feminine

associated with women and not with men

ferine

wild and menacing

kine

domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or age

leonine

of or characteristic of or resembling a lion

lupine

of or relating to or characteristic of wolves

masculine

associated with men and not with women

ovine

of or pertaining to sheep

piscine

of or relating to fish

porcine

relating to pigs or swine

porcupine

relatively large rodents with sharp erectile bristles mingled with the fur

sardine

small fishes found in great schools along coasts of Europe

serpentine

resembling a snake in form

swine

stout-bodied short-legged omnivorous animals

ursine

of or relating to or similar to bears

vulpine

resembling or characteristic of a fox

wolverine

stocky shaggy-coated North American carnivorous mammal
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