User:Benjamin Mako Hill/List of animals that are also verbs

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With thanks to Laura Norris for the idea and the original list.

Feel free to edit and add to this list by editing this page.

Animal names that are also verbs[edit]

  • Ape
  • Badger
  • Bat
  • Bear
  • Beaver
  • Beetle
  • Bird (looking at birds)
  • Birdie (to hit a birdie in golf)
  • Bitch
  • Buck
  • Buffalo
  • Bulldog
  • Bug
  • Carp
  • Cat
  • Char
  • Chicken
  • Clam (Up)
  • Cock
  • Cod
  • Cow
  • Crab
  • Crane
  • Crow
  • Dog
  • Dorking
  • Dove (past tense of dive)
  • Drills
  • Duck
  • Eagle (to hit an eagle in golf)
  • Fawn
  • Ferret
  • Fish
  • Flicker
  • Flounder
  • Fly
  • Fox
  • Frog
  • Gander
  • Gar
  • Goose
  • Gopher
  • Grouse
  • Grub
  • Gull
  • Hare
  • Hawk
  • Hog
  • Horse
  • Hound
  • Jack
  • Jinx
  • Kid
  • Kipper (to cure; also adjective meaning amorous -- Kipper kipper kipper Kipper etc.)
  • Lark
  • Lion (ize)
  • Loon
  • Mole
  • Monitor
  • Monkey
  • Mouse
  • Mule
  • Oyster
  • Parrot
  • Perch
  • Pig (out)
  • Pike
  • Pony
  • Porpoise
  • Pup
  • Quail
  • Rabbit
  • Ram
  • Rat
  • Raven
  • Ray
  • Right whales (e.g., "Right whales right whales. Right, whales?")
  • Roach (To cause to arch/To cut off, as a horse's mane, so that the part left shall stand upright)
  • Sable (to drape darkly or in black)
  • Scale (a type of insect)
  • Seal
  • Scallop
  • Shag
  • Shark
  • Shrew
  • Shrimp (process of catching shrimp)
  • Skate
  • Skunk
  • Sloth
  • Slug
  • Snake
  • Sow
  • Sponge
  • Squirrel
  • Stag (watch, dog)
  • Steer
  • Stork (to make pregnant)
  • Stud
  • Swallow (eat using your mouth)
  • Swan
  • Tern
  • Tick
  • Tiger
  • Tit
  • Tomcat
  • Turtle
  • Vulture (verb suspect)
  • Weasel
  • Whale (to hit, or to hunt for whales)
  • Winkle
  • Wolf
  • Worm
  • Yak

Animal/verb homophones[edit]

  • Bee
  • Boar
  • Flea
  • Fowl
  • Hart
  • Leech
  • Lichen
  • Mite
  • Mussel
  • Nit
  • Plaice
  • Roe
  • Tern
  • Whale

Whitespace significant differences[edit]

  • Blackbird (black bird)
  • Bluebottle (blue bottles)
  • Dodo (do do)
  • Goat (go at; e.g., "Goats goats go at go at goats goats go at.")
  • Hammerhead (hammer head)
  • Hedgehog (Hedgehogs hog hedges)
  • Groundhog (Groundhogs ground hogs)
  • Killdeer (kill deer)
  • Killfish (kill fish)
  • Lapwing (lap wing)
  • Lions (lie on; e.g., "Lions lie on lions.")
  • Openbill (open bill)
  • Partridge (part ridges)
  • Puffins (puff in; e.g., "Do puffins puff in or puff out?")
  • Reindeer (rein deer)
  • Sailfish (sail fish)
  • Sawfish (saw fish)
  • Scrub-jay (scrub jay)
  • Shield-duck (shield duck)
  • Tapeworm (tape worm)
  • Tilefish (tile fish)
  • Turnstone (turn stone)
  • Warthogs hog warts

Otherwise suspect[edit]

  • Adder (add)
  • Bait
  • Curlew (curl you?)
  • Dragon (i.e., drag on)
  • Gorilla (grill a)
  • Leather
  • Man
  • Pigeon (One can pigeon hole but can one pigeon?")
  • Pork
  • Robin (past tense of 'rob', or gerund form of same verb)
  • Llama (English noun, Spanish verb)