Animal & Wild Life Words and their meaning with example sentences

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  • Hunt
  • Howl
  • Chirping
  • Barking
  • Biting
  • Crawl
  • Flutter
  • Roar
  • Gallop
  • Habitat

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Hunt

Verb

Meaning: To search, chase and kill animals or birds for food, sports, and profit.

Synonyms:

  • Capture
  • Poach
  • Shoot 

Antonyms:

  • Escape
  • Free
  • Dodge

Example Sentences

  • Maria likes to hunt rabbits and dogs.
  • Yesterday, we saw a lion hunting a zebra in the zoo.  

Paragraph

I do not like to hunt animals as it is against my morals. I believe that humans should love animals. They should not be mercilessly killed just for the sake of a hobby.

Wrong Sentences

  1. My mom advised me to hunt for the stars. (correct word: shoot ) 
  2. The soldiers hunted their enemies. (correct word: captured ) 

Howl

Verb

Meaning: A loud painful cry of an animal like a wolf or dog 

Synonyms:

  • Scream
  • Roar
  • Growl

Antonyms:

  • Whisper
  • Murmur
  • Mutter

Example Sentences

  • The wounded dog was howling out of pain.
  • My wolf always howls when it rains. 

Paragraph

We were enjoying our trip to the Raintree forests in Africa. But as the night was approaching we started getting scared due to the howling sounds of the wolves.

Wrong Sentences

  1. When the robbers broke into her house, she started howling. (correct word: screaming)
  2. My kids were terrified when the lion howled in the circus. (correct word: roar ) 

Chirping

Verb

Meaning: Short sharp and high-pitched sounds of birds or insects

Synonyms:

  • Chitter
  • Sing
  • Twitter

Antonyms:

  • Silent
  • Whimper
  • Quiet

Example Sentences

  • The morning chirping sound of the birds has a relaxing effect on my mind.
  • Sparrows ruined my sleep by constantly chirping outside my window in the morning.

Paragraph

It was my job interview the next morning and I slept very late while preparing for it. Thanks to the chirping sound of the birds, I woke up on time. Otherwise, I would have missed my interview.

Wrong Sentences

  1. Rihanna was chirping my favorite song at the concert. (correct word: singing) 
  2. The stadium was too loud. I had to chirp to make myself heard. (correct word: shout) 

Barking

Verb

Meaning: A loud and abrupt cry of a dog, fox, or seal.

Synonyms:

  • Yelp
  • Growl
  • Howl

Antonyms:

  • Calm down
  • Simmer down
  • Quiet

Example Sentences

  • When some strangers were visiting my farmhouse, my dog started barking at them.
  • Yesterday, my neighbor’s dog was constantly barking and I could barely sleep at night.

Paragraph

After a heavy dinner, I was out for a walk late at night with my friends. But we all got scared and annoyed when the street dogs started barking and chasing us.

Wrong Sentences

  1. The foxes were barking at night to communicate with each other. (correct word: howling) 
  2. When I accidentally stepped on the injured foot of my mother, she barked. (correct word: yelped) 

Biting

Verb

Meaning: Use teeth and jaws to grip and cut through something edible.

Synonyms:

  • Chew
  • Crunch
  • Mouthful

Antonyms:

  • Starve
  • Fast
  • Preserve

Example Sentences

  1. I have a very bad habit of biting my lips when I am stressed. 
  2. We witnessed a nail-biting cricket match final between the two teams.

Paragraph

The school principal was about to announce the result of our final exams. I was feeling very anxious about my academic grades and out of nervousness I started biting my nails.

Wrong Sentences

  1. You are feeling weak, you should be biting something. (correct word: eating) 
  2. The meat was not cooked properly. I had a hard time biting it. (correct word: chewing) 

Crawl

Verb

Meaning: To slowly move your body with one’s hands and knees on the ground.

Synonyms:

  • Creep
  • Drag
  • Inching

Antonyms:

  • Race
  • Run
  • Rush

Example Sentences

  1. By the ninth month, most babies start crawling and can eat solid food.
  2. There was a small tunnel and we had to crawl through it to make it to the other end.

Paragraph

This house has been left unused for several months. The landlord left the house and kept it locked after the death of his wife. Hence, there are a lot of cockroaches crawling in the house. 

Wrong Sentences

  1.   (correct word: running) 
  2. I was in so much pain that I could barely crawl my body. (correct word: drag) 

Flutter

Verb

Meaning: To move something like wings back and forth very quickly.

Synonyms:

  • Flicker
  • Flap
  • Wave

Antonyms:

  • Decelerate
  • Calmness
  • Standstill

Example Sentences

  1. My party dress was fluttering due to the strong winds at night.
  2. My kid was chasing the butterflies fluttering in the garden.

Paragraph

I was out for a walk with my uncle in the park. After thirty minutes we both decided to sit down and give our bodies some rest. We enjoyed the view of birds fluttering in the park.

Wrong Sentences

  1. I saw my childhood friend and fluttered at her. (correct word: waved) 
  2. I have booked my flight and I’ll be fluttering back to Canada today. (correct word: flying) 

Roar

Verb

Meaning: A long, loud cry by something like a wild animal (lion)

Synonyms:

  • Scream
  • Outcry
  • Howl

Antonyms:

  • Undertone
  • Mutter
  • Whisper

Example Sentences

  1. The crowd roared when their favorite team won the match.
  2. The hunters got scared when the lion roared in their faces. 

Paragraph

Yesterday, I visited the zoo with my kids. We saw tons of different types of animals like tigers, lions, elephants, etc. Most of them were roaring in their cages.

Wrong Sentences

  1. The wolves roared at the full moon. (correct word: howled) 
  2. I stopped my car when I heard an uncle roaring for help. (correct word: screaming) 

Gallop

Verb

Meaning: To run fastly at full speed

Synonyms:

  • Dash
  • Rush
  • Hasten

Antonyms:

  • Slow
  • Halt
  • Drag

Example Sentences

  1. The trainer galloped his horses towards us.
  2. The army officers galloped their horses down the hill toward their station.

Paragraph

I have always been a very athletic person and I love sports. That’s why I took part in the horse race. To my joy, my horse galloped at full pace and we won the competition.

Wrong Sentences

  1. I am galloping away from my fears. (correct word: running) 
  2. My father was in critical condition so we galloped to the hospital. (correct word: rushed) 

Habitat

Noun

Meaning: The natural environment where an animal and plant lives and grows.

Synonyms:

  • Home
  • Dwelling
  • Territory

Antonyms:

  • Artificial surrounding
  • Foreign territory
  • Alien terrain

Example Sentences

  1. The best growth of an organism occurs in its natural habitat. 
  2. Parrots like to live in a forestry type of habitat.

Paragraph

There are many species that are about to go extinct due to climate change and the destruction of natural habitats. Hence, our teacher decided to make artificial surroundings for the survival of such animals.

Wrong Sentences

  1. We habitat in our friend’s flat near the shore. (correct word: dwelt) 
  2. Our habitat is nothing without the cheerful sound of our kids. (correct word: home) 

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