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    Wink hedgehog and other words

    Hi forum!

    Does anybody know how words such as "hedgehog" emerge?
    I mean a hedgehog is not really a pig, is it?

    And do you know similar words? Is there a grammatical designation for words like that?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: hedgehog and other words

    Quote Originally Posted by virus99 View Post
    Hi forum!

    Does anybody know how words such as "hedgehog" emerge?
    I mean a hedgehog is not really a pig, is it? It is not. See below.

    And do you know similar words? Is there a grammatical designation for words like that?

    Thanks in advance!
    Look here. Hedgehog - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: hedgehog and other words

    Not any more than a groundhog is a pig. Nor is a guinea pig.

    I imagine there are not so many words as we think there are, so we have to reuse them creatively at times. Greeks called a hippopotamus a "river horse." The French calls potatoes "apples of the earth."

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    Re: hedgehog and other words

    The "hog" part of the hedgehog's name originated because of the animal's pig-like snout. Some creatures get odd names like that, simply due to their outward appearance. For example, a seahorse never ventures out of the water and you can't saddle and ride it, but because its cute little head has a definite equine quality it was dubbed with a horsey name.

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    Re: hedgehog and other words

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Not any more than a groundhog is a pig. Nor is a guinea pig.

    I imagine there are not so many words as we think there are, so we have to reuse them creatively at times. Greeks called a hippopotamus a "river horse." The French calls potatoes "apples of the earth."
    And the Italian for tomato is 'apple of gold'.

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    Re: hedgehog and other words

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I imagine there are not so many words as we think there are, so we have to reuse them creatively at times. Greeks called a hippopotamus a "river horse."
    Out of the water, it may look like a creative coinage, but when they move in water, they are more graceful and do look like horses riding IMO.

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