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    dog and horse always male?

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    Do 'dog' and 'horse' always refer to male ones? I feel a bit confused because I've always thought we can use them for both male and female ones.

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    Re: dog and horse always male?

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    I've always thought we can use them for both male and female ones.
    WE can, unless we specifically wish to state that the animals are female.

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    Re: dog and horse always male?

    With horses there's a lot more differentiation. The word "horse" can be used for either sex. "stallion" is an uncastrated adult male horse.

    Likewise, "dog", "tiger", "lion" and "duck" are non-gendered in general parlance. "swine" is plural and non-gendered, as I understand it. Normally we say "pig" or "hog".

    Tabbycat is not a female cat; a tabby is a grey and black striped cat (male or female) that usually has an M-shaped mark on its forehead.
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    Re: dog and horse always male?

    A female cat is a "queen," but that is not as commonly used as "tomcat." Probably only used in breeding circles.

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    Re: dog and horse always male?

    The poster claims that swine is the term for a male pig? Really? I'm sure that swine is a general term. A male pig is a boar.

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    Re: dog and horse always male?

    This list seems to be OK, except for the young of a rabbit. It should be kit(ten).

    A male chicken is usually a cock in BrE.

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    Re: dog and horse always male?

    They omitted the terms for castrated males. I was familiar with steer, gelding, and, vaguely, barrow and capon (though I needed Google's help to recall those two). Googling reveals that castrated goats and sheep are wethers.
    The term for such humans is yodeler*.

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    Re: dog and horse always male?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    A female cat is a "queen," but that is not as commonly used as "tomcat." Probably only used in breeding circles.
    I had never heard the term until I read this.

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    Re: dog and horse always male?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The term for such humans is yodeler*.

    *This is not true.
    You're right, it's not yodelers, it's castrati.
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