NAMES OF SOME ANIMALS IN THE YORUBA LANGUAGE

NAMES OF SOME ANIMALS IN THE YORUBA LANGUAGE

We are all in love with nature; Several times we often get carried away with their activities. As a Nigerian who was born and bred in the Yorubaland, you probably might find it difficult at times to know what some animals are called in the English language and vice versa.

Here are some names of animals with their translation:

  1. Cobra – Sebe
  2. Ox , Bull – Malu
  3. Dog -Aja
  4. Hedgehog -Ọya
  5. Crocodile -Ọoni
  6. Alligator -Ahọnrihọn
  7. Pig -Ẹlẹdẹ
  8. Vulture -Igun, Gunnugun, Gurugu, Akala
  9. Wood-Carrier -Arigiṣẹgi
  10. Hawks – Asa
  11. Palm Bird -Ologiri
  12. A species of Bird -Olofẹrẹ –
  13. Sparrow -Ologoṣẹ
  14. Peacock -Ọkin
  15. Squirrel -Ọkẹrẹ
  16. Rabbit -Ehoro
  17. crickets -Okinrin
  18. Pouch Rat -Okete
  19. Wild Goat -Edu
  20. A specie of Deer -Ekulu
  21. Shark -Akurakuda
  22. Rat/Mouse -Eku/Ekute
  23. Earthworm -Ekolo
  24. Sing Bird -Ẹyẹ-Orin
  25. Partridge -Aparo
  26. Horse -Ẹṣin
  27. Donkey -Kẹtẹkẹtẹ
  28. Camel -Rakunmi
  29. Ass -Ibakasiẹ
  30. Bat -Adan
  31. Pelican -Ẹyẹ-Ofu
  32. Water-bird -Osin
  33. Dove -Adaba
  34. Viper -Paramọlẹ
  35. Sea-Gulls -Pẹju-pẹju
  36. Yellow-haired Monkey -Sọmidọlọti/Oloyo
  37. Sea-Bird -Yanja-yanja
  38. Mosquito -Ẹfọn/Yanmu-yanmu
  39. Raven -Ẹyẹ-Iwo
  40. Snail-Igbin/Aginniṣọ
  41. Freshwater Snail-Iṣawuru
  42. Stay – Igala
  43. Steer -Ẹgbọọrọ-Akọ Malu
  44. Trout -Ẹja
  45. Buffalo -Ẹfọn
  46. Monkey-Ọbọ .
  47. Ape -Ẹdun
  48. Lizard-Alangba, –
  49. Lobster-Alakasa
  50. Boa-Constrictor Ere
  51. Boar Ẹlẹdẹ-Igbo,
  52. Gorilla, Baboon -Inaki, Inoki, Iro
  53. Chimpanzee – Elegbede
  54. Phython-Constrictor -Ojola
  55. Electric Fish -Ojigi
  56. Scorpion -Ojogan/Akeekee
  57. Toad -Opolo
  58. Antelope -Egbin
  59. Tick/Flee -Eegbọn
  60. Hippopotamus -Erinmi
  61. Rhinoceros -Ẹranko bi Imado.
  62. Reynard (Fox) -Kọlọkọlọ
  63. Hyena/Wolf -Ikoko
  64. Giraffe -Agbanrere
  65. Cow Abo-Malu
  66. Crab -Akan
  67. Wild Pigeon-Oriri
  68. Porcupine -Oorẹ, Eerẹ, Ojigbọn
  69. Black-Ants -Tanpẹpẹ
  70. Centipede -Tanisanko
  71. Millipede -Ọkun
  72. Frog -Konko
  73. Chicken-Oromọ-Adiẹ
  74. Nocturnal Animal-Ajao
  75. Hound-Aja-Ọdẹ –
  76. Elephant-Erin/Ajanaku
  77. Sheep-Aguntan
  78. Ram-Agbo
  79. Woodcock -Agbe
  80. White-feathered Bird -Lekeleke
  81. Chamelon Ọga, Alagẹmọ
  82. Crane-Bird -Akọ –
  83. Parrot -Odidẹrẹ
  84. Ostrich -Ogongo
  85. White-Ant Ikan, Ikamudu
  86. Tortoise-Ijapa
  87. Tiger-Ẹkun
  88. Lion-Kiniun
  89. Pigeon-Ẹyẹle
  90. Pig/Swine Ẹlẹdẹ
  91. Eagle-Idi .
  92. Guinea Fowl-Awo
  93. Guinea Fowl-Ẹtu
  94. Guinea Pig-Ẹmọ-Ile
  95. Spider-Alantakun
  96. Butterfly-Labalaba
  97. Bee-Oyin
  98. Cockroach -Ayan
  99. Cricket-Irẹ
  100. Crab -Akan
  101. Housefly-Eṣinṣin/Eṣin
  102. Gnats-Kokoro-Ojuọti
  103. Wall-Gecko-Ọmọnle
  104. Mouse-Eliri
  105. Colt Young Horse-Agodongbo
  106. Woodpecker-Akoko
  107. Palm-Bird-Ẹga
  108. Insect-Ipin
  109. Red-Ant-Abonilejọpọn
  110. Civet-cat-Ẹta
  111. Zebra-Kẹtẹkẹtẹ-Abila –
  112. Owl-Owiwi
  113. Lice-Ina-Ori
  114. Bed-bug-Idun
  115. Leopard-Amọtẹkun
  116. Hind Abo-Agbọnrin
  117. Cat-Ologinni
  118. Turkey-Tolotolo
  119. Swallow-Alapandẹdẹ
  120. Kine -Abo-Malu
  121. Stallion-Akọ-Ẹṣin
  122. Gadfly-Iru, Eṣinṣin- Nla
  123. Duck-Pẹpẹyẹ
  124. Jackal-Akata

References
Ifayemi(1999): Yoruba and Animals Osogbo, MKB Press.
Dungan J. (2006): Animals and Life, Accra, New Dawn Press.

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