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    Can I add a 'she' prefix to any animal name to make a female animal name?

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    Default Re: she-horse

    Actually a female goat is a nanny (oddly, that's the only animal I saw that did list "she-animal" as an alternative to the normal name) and a female sheep is a ewe.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    I agree mostly with Gillnetter, but I think the female wolf is really called a 'she-wolf'. A bitch too, but similar to fox/vixen, there's another word other than bitch for female wolf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Actually a female goat is a nanny (oddly, that's the only animal I saw that did list "she-animal" as an alternative to the normal name) and a female sheep is a ewe.
    I agree. In India, we are used to prefix ‘she’ as an alternative to refer to female animals particularly in spoken English when you are not in a position to recall the exact female equivalent. . Certain animals like she-wolf, she-camel, she-goat are in common use. In specific cases, such as: a cow producing a baby is called a calf which can be both male and female. You can not ditnguish a calf by gender. When it is female we call it a she-calf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linguist__ View Post
    I agree mostly with Gillnetter, but I think the female wolf is really called a 'she-wolf'. A bitch too, but similar to fox/vixen, there's another word other than bitch for female wolf.
    Interested people could do a Google search for 'Akela' - Rudyard Kipling always called her a she-wolf. (The 'Akela' in my Wolf Cub pack - the old term for Cub Scout - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - may have been a bitch, but that's another story...

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    PS I'm not sure whether that Wikipedia article made it clear, but in the late '50s/early '60s the adult helpers who organized the 'Wolf Cub Pack' (it was called a 'pack') had the names of animals who featured in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (and Book 2, I think - we briefly had a 'Rikki Tikki Tavi' - and that mongoose didn't figure in the first book). So the 'Akela' I mentioned was in fact a woman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stanislaw.masny View Post
    Can I add a 'she' prefix to any animal name to make a female animal name?
    In conversation, if you didn't know the correct word, it would be an OK way to get your point across- people would know what you meant.

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    Do you use "he-" this way?

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