Animal & Wild Life Words and their meaning with example sentences.

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  •  Vulpine
  •  Asinine
  •  Adipose
  •  Leonine
  • Sanctuary
  • Epizootic
  • Yearling
  • Varmint
  • Provender
  • Omnivore

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Vulpine

Adjective

Meaning: Of, or related to fox

Synonyms: 

  • Cunning
  • Ingenious
  • Clever

Antonyms:

  • Naive
  • Candid
  • Stupid

Sentences

  • Carl’s vulpine smile terrified Jenny. 
  • He will surely win the game with his vulpine strategy. 

Paragraph

I could not comprehend the vulpine intent of a caller and got scammed. However, I learned a lesson about not sharing personal information over the phone.

Wrong Sentences

  • Children love her due to her vulpine nature. (correct word: soft, kind) 
  • Even the smartest students can make vulpine mistakes. (correct word: silly) 

Asinine

Adjective

Meaning: Donkey-like, devoid of intelligence

Synonyms:

  • Unintelligent 
  • Extremely stupid 
  • Senseless

Antonyms:

  • Prudent 
  • Smart
  • Wise

Sentences

  • Today’s politics are the most asinine I have ever seen in the country. 
  • You should keep quiet instead of making asinine remarks. 

Paragraph

I wonder how politicians can confidently make asinine remarks on television and social media platforms. They should be careful with their words to avoid extreme backlash later on

Wrong Sentences

  • It would be asinine to save some money. (correct word: prudent) 
  • An asinine person will never swim during a hurricane. (correct word: wise)  

Adipose

Adjective

Meaning: Containing animal fat

Synonyms:

  • Greasy
  • Fatty
  • Blubbery

Antonyms:

  • Fat-free
  • Lean
  • Defatted

Sentences 

  • Fat-containing tissues in our body are called adipose tissues. 
  • Our body becomes less adipose when we lose weight. 

Paragraph

Adipose tissues are spread throughout your body. They can be present under your skin, between your organs, or inside the bone cavities. 

Wrong Sentences. 

  • Vegetarians only eat food prepared in adipose oils. (correct word: plant fat) 
  • Avocados are rich in adipose fats. (correct word: plant fats) 

Leonine

Adjective

Meaning: Resembling or related to a lion

Synonyms:

  • Fierce
  • Hairy
  • Distinguished 

Antonyms:

  • Inferior
  • Obscure
  • Ordinary

Sentences

  • He is well-groomed now but used to be leonine and shabby. 
  • The leonine roar of my boss intimidated everyone in the office. 

Paragraph

People turned around when a big man with leonine hair entered the hall. However, he was quite shy and polite, despite his bold appearance. 

Wrong Sentences

  • A leonine man dies a thousand times before his death. (correct word: coward) 
  • Kate, being a leonine woman, kept her office neat and tidy. (correct word: well-groomed) 

Sanctuary

Noun

Meaning: a refuge where predation and hunting are not allowed, and one is safe from danger. 

Synonyms:

  • Haven
  • Shelter
  • Refugee

Antonyms

  • Peril
  • Endangerment
  • Insecurity

Sentences

  • The government provided sanctuary to 6000 refugees last year. 
  • My husband and I run a sanctuary where we treat injured animals. 

Paragraph 

Due to illegal hunting, many lakes and wetlands in South Asia have been declared wildlife sanctuaries. Last year, 500 baboons were rescued by their workers. 

Wrong Sentences

  • A high-speed motorway through a forest is a sanctuary for crossing animals. (correct word: danger) 
  • Animals are petrified in a sanctuary. (correct word: peril) 

Epizootic

Adjective

Meaning: An outbreak of a disease affecting a large number of an animal population temporarily. 

Synonyms: 

  • Communicable
  • Epidemic
  • Infectious

Antonyms:

  • Non Contagious
  • Non-communicable
  • Harmless

Sentences

  • Avian influenza is one of the most deadly epizootic diseases in history. 
  • The government is taking counteractive measures to deal with this epizootic event. 

Paragraph

Epizootic events lead to serious economic losses in the country. The international trade of animal products is halted. Moreover, public health concerns negatively impact the daily life activities of human beings. 

Wrong Sentences 

  • An epizootic illness has infected many cats and dogs in my city. (correct word: interspecies) 
  • Any epizootic occurrence can be easily controlled. (correct word: non-contagious) 

Yearling

Noun

Meaning: An animal that is between one and two years old.

Synonyms: 

  • Nursling
  • Weanling
  • Youngster

Antonyms:

  • Senior
  • Adult
  • Ancestor

Sentences

  • I bought two yearling calves yesterday. 
  • Bella, the stable’s eldest mare, has birthed 4 horses, one of which is still a yearling.

Paragraph 

She lost her mother when she was a yearling, and her father died when she was 6 years old. That’s why she lives with her aunt.

Wrong Sentences

  • Only seven yearlings passed the 6th standard with A-grade (correct word: students) 
  • I am celebrating the 4th birthday of my yearling pooch. (correct word: Adult) 

Varmint

Noun

Meaning: An undesirable or troublesome wild animal

Synonyms:

  • Pest
  • Brute
  • Beast

Antonyms:

  • Gentle creature
  • Meek animal
  • Well-behaved creature

Sentences

  • The varmint has destroyed the crops. 
  • He has taken revenge on the varmint who killed his father. 

Paragraph 

Every year, a significant amount of crops is lost due to varmints infesting them. Governments should take immediate action to protect the yields of the agricultural sector. 

Wrong Sentences

  • A varmint driver took the injured person to the hospital. (correct word: caring)
  • My dog is a varmint as he never harmed anyone. (correct word: gentle creature) 

Provender   

Noun

Meaning: food for animals and livestock

Synonyms: 

  • Eatables
  • Fodder 
  • Feed 

Antonyms:

  • Poison
  • Deprivation
  • Germ

Sentences

  • The provender prices for cattle are too high for poor farmers. 
  • Allen was ordered to give plenty of provender to the horses. 

Paragraph

Winter is really a harsh season for wild animals as they have to seek provender beneath the snow. Moreover, they cannot wear warm apparel like humans to protect themselves from strong winds.

Wrong Sentences

  • The thief has to provender as police have surrounded him. (correct word: surrender) 
  • You should keep your medical provender within your reach. (correct word: supplies)

Omnivore

Noun

Meaning: An animal or person who eats both plants and animals. 

Synonyms:

  • Consumer 
  • Hunter
  • Feeder

Antonyms:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Carnivore

Sentences

  • My father always consumes vegetables and he would never become an omnivore. 
  • Don’t say no to any food because you are an omnivore. 

Paragraph

Human beings are true omnivores. We eat plants in the form of vegetables and animals in the form of meat or animal products, such as milk and eggs. 

Wrong Sentences 

  • An omnivore only consumes plant-based food. (correct word: vegetarian) 
  • An omnivore takes longer to order food at the restaurant. (correct word: picky-eater) 

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