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    male cat and a stallion

    Am I mistaken or names for some animal species in English are differentated according to sex of an animal and some are not, (mare and stallion but only male cat and female cat) Why is that? Intuition would tell me that the first group received special names thanks to their importance for humans (domestication, hunting). Do you know of any pages or books where I could find more about it?

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    Re: male cat and a stallion

    Quote Originally Posted by magdalena View Post
    Am I mistaken or names for some animal species in English are differentated according to sex of an animal and some are not, (mare and stallion but only male cat and female cat) Why is that? Intuition would tell me that the first group received special names thanks to their importance for humans (domestication, hunting). Do you know of any pages or books where I could find more about it?
    Here are some:
    (buck, hind, stag) / doe
    (rooster [am], cock [br]) / hen
    boar/sow
    bull/cow
    dog/bitch
    lion/lioness
    ram/ewe
    stallion/mare
    tiger/tigress

    "tom" is used for a male cat, but I don't think there's a corresponding female version.

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    Re: male cat and a stallion

    Here is information on names of animals by gender: Male, female and baby animal names - Kids - Christchurch City Libraries

    As you can see, the list is quite extensive.


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    Re: male cat and a stallion

    Quote Originally Posted by louhevly View Post

    "tom" is used for a male cat, but I don't think there's a corresponding female version. "queen" for a female

    Lou
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