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QUIZ: Guess the animals of African savanna from the origin of their name?

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Portuguese/Spanish, from Latin 'bubalus'from Greek 'βούβαλος' ('species of antelope')
Greek 'κροκόδειλος', through Latin and FrenchPerhaps from κρόκη (“pebbles”) + δρῖλος (“worm”)
Greek 'σκορπίος', through Latin and Fenchfrom Indo-European *(s)ker- ('to cut')
French 'babouin', Old French 'baboue' ('grimace')of Germanic origin
Greek 'ὕαινα' , through LatinFrom 'ὗς' ('swine; pig') +‎ -αινα ('feminine suffix')
Greek 'ἐλέφας' ('ivory'), through Latin and FrenchMaybe from Proto-berber and Egyptian sources
Nama language, 'i-ngu' , onomatopeicword introduced in Europe by Dutch travellers
Part 1 : Proto-Germanic *wartǭPart 2 : Proto-Germanic *hawwaną ('to hew')
Arabic زرافة 'zarāfa' , through Italian and Frenchprobably from an African language
Afrikaans : Part 1 : 'earth'Part 2 : 'pig', cognate with English 'farrow'
Through French : Part 1 : Latin 'avis' ('bird')Part 2 : 'στρουθιοκάμηλος' ('sparrow + camel')
Greek : Part 1 : ' ἵππος' ('horse')Part 2 : 'ποταμός' ('river')
Greek 'λέων', through Latin and FrenchMany ancient languages had similar words, like Akkadian
From Portuguese through Italianmaybe 'ezebrario', from latin 'equiferus' ('wild horse')
Greek : Part 1 : 'λέων', another animal in savannaPart 2 : 'πάρδαλις', ('panther')
Greek : Part 1 ῥίς ('nose')Part 2 : κέρας ('horn')
Afrikaans/Dutch : Part 1 : Dutch for 'lake'Part 2 : Dutch for 'cat'
Middle Dutch 'monnekijn', colloquial word ultimately from Arabic ميمون 'maymūn' ('species of primates')
Late Greek 'ἀνθόλοψ', through Latin and FrenchFurther etymology unknown
Hindi चीता 'citra' ('leopard')from Sanskrit 'चित्र 'citra' ('bright')

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