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Most Common Animal Words

Name the words for animals that appear in the top 5000 most common words in the English language.
According to the Corpus of Contemporary American English
Not including words for humans
Not including words specific to young, male, or female animals
Last updated: December 15, 2017
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rank
animal
753
dog
962
fish
1140
bird
1272
horse
1548
chicken
1758
cat
2723
bear
2822
deer
3135
cow
3224
fly
rank
animal
3276
mouse
3436
salmon
3446
insect
3518
snake
3569
duck
3577
pig
3607
rat
4125
wolf
4169
shrimp
4200
bug
rank
animal
4274
bee
4287
sheep
4359
shark
4387
rabbit
4396
lion
4415
elephant
4596
monkey
4735
goat
4968
butterfly
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level 68
Nov 14, 2017
nice idea!
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level 68
Nov 14, 2017
Nice quiz - much tougher than I anticipated!
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level 74
Apr 9, 2018
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level 66
Nov 15, 2017
Yeah, I really liked this one. I would love more quizzes about common groups of words like this!
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level 70
Nov 17, 2017
Thanks to New England Patriots fans, "goat" would not have made the list if not for Tom Brady.
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level 50
Apr 9, 2018
And thanks to Kevin Durant for the inclusion of snake.
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level 40
Apr 9, 2018
oooooooooof
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level 80
Dec 15, 2017
I bet "eye" is not on the list
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level 83
Dec 16, 2017
I was surprised 'spider' was not in this list.. Especially looking at half a dozen of the ones which actually make it.
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level 76
Dec 18, 2017
Would the word 'animal' itself show up on the list?
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level 69
Dec 20, 2017
Probably not included on purpose, I'd presume…
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level 58
Apr 9, 2018
Really fun quiz, thanks!
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level 70
Apr 9, 2018
so, i try hog and i don't try pig. what's wrong with me?
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level 57
Apr 9, 2018
where are the mosquitoes ?
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level 63
Apr 9, 2018
But cow is a specific female animal.
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level 64
Apr 9, 2018
It's a confusing thing, but "cow" is used both to refer to a female individual (adult who has borne a calf), but also to generic individuals as well. Think about it, what would you call a single individual of that species if you didn't know its sex?
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level 68
Apr 11, 2018
Cattle beast?
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level 61
Apr 15, 2018
Evelyn
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level 73
Jul 26, 2018
Since it is one of the easiest animals in the world to determine which sex is which, one glance would solve that problem immediately. If it has four little "thingys" hanging down in the back - it's a cow. One in the middle - it's a bull. As I've said many times in the past cow is female, bull is male, and cattle is the collective herd. I'm a very old country boy and this is one of the very few areas where my mind can't be changed so save your breath, logic, and reason. Believe whatever you want, but I'm a stubborn old cuss and that's the way it is - he said in his best Grandpa McCoy impersonation.
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level 64
Sep 17, 2018
Sure, it would be a herd of cattle, but the question still is what would you call a generic individual of that herd? Hypothetically, say for whatever reason you couldn't tell or it didn't matter the sex of the individual. Your viewing angle isn't right to see the thingies hanging down, or it's too far away, or an individual ran away but you don't know whether it was male or female. What would you call it?
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level 43
Apr 9, 2018
do you think some of the words like bug or fish or fly appear in the list because they are commonly used as verbs as well? or is the list specific to most commonly used nouns?
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level ∞
Apr 10, 2018
The source lists part of speech, so the word fly would be listed twice, once as a verb and once as a noun. We only counted the nouns.
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level 27
Apr 9, 2018
Got salmon and shrimp... but not duck? :/
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level 73
Jul 26, 2018
or tuna?
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level 51
Apr 9, 2018
Not sure of the source - but bat should be on here.
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level 51
Apr 11, 2018
OK - I checked your source and bat (n) appears as the 3727th most common word and should therefore be on this quiz. :)
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level ∞
Apr 12, 2018
Thanks. Will include this the next time the quiz is updated.
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level 75
Apr 12, 2018
I tried "food". It didn't work, for some reason.
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level 19
Apr 12, 2018
Ha nice one
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