Three Letter Animals Quiz

By our reckoning, there are 51 words for animals that are only 3 letters long. How many can you name?
We DO include names for young, male, and female animals
We DON'T include humans, dog breeds, slang, eggs or embryonic states
Based on words that appear in the Scrabble dictionary
Quiz by Quizmaster
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Last updated: November 12, 2020
First submittedOctober 26, 2010
Times taken220,172
Rating3.74
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Animal
Ahi
Ani
Ant
Ape
Asp
Ass
Auk
Animal
Bat
Bee
Boa
Bug
Cat
Cob
Cod
Animal
Cow
Cub
Doe
Dog
Eel
Eft
Elk
Animal
Emu
Ewe
Fry
Fly
Fox
Gar
Animal
Gnu
Goa
Hen
Hog
Jay
Kea
Animal
Kid
Kit
Kob
Koi
Moa
Ono
Animal
Owl
Pen
Pig
Pup
Ram
Rat
Animal
Ray
Sow
Tit
Tom
Tui
Yak
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Level ∞
May 31, 2013
Updated based on user suggestions!
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Level 74
Jul 26, 2018
More time, please.
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Level 47
Jan 25, 2020
so a kid is an animal
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Level 37
Jan 26, 2020
Yes - baby goat.
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Level 50
Jun 9, 2013
What about Dab? It's a type of flat fish
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Level 70
Dec 8, 2014
When I was a youngster Dabs were the only fish I could catch.
+30
Level 12
Mar 6, 2017
Back in my day, a dab was a dance move.
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Level 45
Dec 19, 2020
Back in my day, a 'dance move' was something you did with a partner, instead of standing alone looking like a douchebag
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Level 83
Jun 16, 2018
A dab is a type of flatfish. Should be there.
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Level 66
Jun 10, 2013
I got hen, but should it be on here? Since its a female
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Level 66
Jun 10, 2013
Sorry, I misread. You DO include female animals...never mind my previous comment
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Level 24
Feb 15, 2021
same
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Level 62
Jun 10, 2013
I like how I got "koi" but missed "pig."
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Level 72
Feb 28, 2016
I know, right? I got "Kea", which is the world's only alpine parrot and lives solely in New Zealand, but missed "owl" and "jay". Sigh.
+1
Level 57
Dec 20, 2020
Make yourself sound smart by pretending to sound dumb? Clever.
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Level 29
Jul 14, 2013
I thought of a couple of dog breeds--pug and lab.
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Level 67
Dec 15, 2018
Lab is Labrador
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Level 26
Oct 10, 2013
Wouldn't "ass" be a slang word for donkey? If so, it says no slang.
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Level 35
Sep 15, 2016
Nah - donkey is (originally) a slang word for ass!
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Level 54
Sep 29, 2016
yeah, ass is actually used in official names
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Level 67
Dec 19, 2020
Equus africanus asinus
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Level 74
Oct 23, 2013
You could add nit. I mean, if you wanted to. Though this will lead to pedantry as a nit is the egg of a head louse in the USA (I believe), but it's the head louse itself in the UK.
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Level 72
Feb 28, 2016
They specify no embryonic forms.
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Level 67
Dec 15, 2018
Yea and he said it is a word for the louse itself
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Level 76
Dec 20, 2020
I don't think that's right - it's sometimes incorrectly referred to as the louse, but pretty sure it's the egg
+3
Level 16
Oct 30, 2013
no bull?
+11
Level 9
Nov 21, 2013
That's a four letter word. -_-
+2
Level 40
Jun 3, 2014
Seriously...
+2
Level 21
Apr 11, 2015
Lol....Really? Go back to kindergarten. Seriously.
+6
Level 58
Sep 9, 2015
Yep. No bull. And that's no bull.
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Level 25
Jul 10, 2016
Ikr, scandalous!
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Level 37
Jan 26, 2020
In New Zealand you can get milk from Bulls.
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Level 37
Aug 27, 2020
What the heck does that have to do with anything?
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Level 29
Dec 8, 2020
Lol! Unbelieva-bull......
+3
Level 75
Feb 18, 2014
Missed cow...having steak tonight...
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Level 23
Mar 22, 2014
And yet I'm typing fish 50,000,000 times. Also I wrote in ham........
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Level 48
Apr 6, 2014
'Tom' reminds me about Tom and Jerry.
+3
Level 52
Apr 11, 2014
How about the ara?
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Level 54
Apr 14, 2014
"Bug" is a type of animal?
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Level 67
Dec 15, 2018
Yea that one bothered me too, allmost like (if it wasnt a three letter quiz) to allow pest(s) as an animal. (Unless there is a specefic animal called bug that I dont happpen to know about.)
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Level 46
Apr 26, 2020
There's a lot of insects specifically referred to as a 'bug'' it isn't just a slang term. The order Hemiptera contains most of them, such as Shield Bugs and Bed Bugs. It's also a general term for the order itself.
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Level 55
Apr 29, 2014
I wonder if anyone outside Hawaii got ahi.
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Level 43
Aug 23, 2014
I'm in California and I got it.
+7
Level 20
Oct 24, 2014
I'm in England and I got thanks to your comment! ;)
+1
Level 68
Nov 14, 2015
Yes, thanks to crossword puzzles.
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Level 31
Aug 15, 2018
Yes, I just started spamming every combination starting with A
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Level 20
Jun 23, 2014
38/51 Not bad
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Level 39
Oct 8, 2014
A "Tom" is also a full grown male turkey. A younger male is called a "Jake" but obviously that wouldn't be included in this quiz.
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Level 26
Nov 30, 2014
i got 19/51 which is quite good, i was better than over 80% of people that took this quiz!
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Level 27
Dec 8, 2014
Isn't hog slang for pig and it says 'We DON'T include slang'.
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Level 50
Dec 19, 2020
there is something called a red river hog, that is a hog not a pig
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Level 68
Nov 14, 2015
Check the "What is It?" column for "ono".
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Level 80
Nov 14, 2015
I love it....reminds me of when you look up a word such as "mediator" in the dictionary and the definition is: one who mediates (thank you Mr. Webster, that's a big help)!!
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Level 52
Nov 14, 2015
Cob is also an old word for a spider. Spider web = Cobweb. So, I gues we could have Cobman slinging webs...
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Level 30
Nov 16, 2015
My mind went blank on this. Got 8/51 even though I knew a lot more. I didn't even get ass or tit and I always think of those things!
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Level 25
Jul 10, 2016
Ahem, keep it PG.
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Level 50
Nov 22, 2018
Geez, man! Get your mind out of the gutter! He’s clearly talking about the animals!
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Level 59
Nov 18, 2015
How about cur? Not a breed, and not slang.
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Level 17
Jan 12, 2016
A nit is a young louse.
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Level ∞
Oct 9, 2017
Not counting eggs and embryonic states
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Level 49
Jan 20, 2016
How about the olm; an aquatic salamander in the family Proteidae, the only exclusively cave-dwelling chordate species found in Europe?
+1
Level ∞
Oct 9, 2017
Not in the Scrabble dictionary
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Level 29
Dec 19, 2020
It's in the Sowpods dictionary - the one used for the World Scrabble Championship.
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Level 36
Mar 16, 2016
What about a coy fish?
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Level 58
Aug 4, 2016
It's "koi"
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Level 67
Dec 15, 2018
Some might be coy..
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Level 19
Apr 3, 2016
84% better than average
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Level 71
Aug 4, 2016
How about mew (not often used, but it's seagull)?
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Level 67
Dec 19, 2020
A seagull is meeuw in Dutch :)
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Level 29
Sep 25, 2016
25/51 Thanks to the comment section! I'm surprised I didn't get rat, considering how many rattatas are in my backyard...
+15
Level 33
Sep 29, 2016
Why aren't frog and alligator on here?
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Level 54
Sep 29, 2016
hmmmm good point!
+4
Level 20
Oct 7, 2016
lol family feud
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Level 28
Nov 19, 2017
They aren’t 3 letter words.
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Level 65
Dec 19, 2020
It's a referrence dude.
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Level 19
Jan 13, 2019
Ikr! xD
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Level 37
Aug 27, 2020
You should go back to school man..
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Level 65
Dec 19, 2020
It's a reference dude
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Level 85
Dec 19, 2020
This is what he's referring to.
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Level 64
Oct 19, 2016
time for more coffee.
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Level 67
Nov 27, 2016
"Ono - Type of fish also called ono"...
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Level 80
Dec 19, 2020
Ono aka ono.
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Level 62
Dec 6, 2016
A nit (baby louse)
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Level 37
Jan 26, 2020
A 'nit' is the egg of a louse.
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Level 81
Jan 27, 2017
Great Quiz, harder than it sounds
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Level 55
Mar 2, 2017
i too was anti bug at first...but in looking up the definition...it looks on par with ape.
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Level 67
Dec 15, 2018
"any of several insects commonly considered obnoxious" looks on par with creepy crawlers to me
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Level 12
Mar 14, 2017
32/51 but I'm sure there are more than that
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Level 63
Jun 8, 2017
Nit? A baby head louse?
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Level 44
Jul 1, 2017
What about Shark?

:)

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Level 37
Aug 27, 2020
Are you SERIOUS?? How many people didn't read the flippin' title?
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Level 67
Dec 19, 2020
Apparently at least one person didn't "read" the smiley..
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Level 68
Oct 12, 2017
It's surprisingly tough !!
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Level 20
Nov 2, 2017
bugs such as ant and bee shouldn't bee there. They are insects and bugs not classified as animals
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Level 72
Nov 16, 2017
Insects are animals.
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Level 67
Dec 15, 2018
You really think a bee is not an animal??
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Level 5
Jan 20, 2018
i didnt know there were so many! Good job!
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Level 70
May 14, 2018
Know your animals?..... try Animal Picture 1........here it is
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Level 36
Jan 6, 2020
Please feel free to try my quizzes of close up animals too:)
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Level 20
May 31, 2018
they are so many animals ,cool quiz
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Level 44
Jun 9, 2018
I got yak and missed cow. I have a very weird brain.
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Level 21
Sep 1, 2018
51/51
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Level 67
Dec 15, 2018
Never heard of the lower ten, or gar. And missed cow and bat, but got tom and auk (and cod and tit. All 4 under 20%).

And about to type yak when time ran out. Didnt do too bad I think! Got 4 points (Does feel like that during the quiz when you see how many are missing) especially as a non english speaker

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Level 23
Dec 29, 2018
Really great quiz!
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Level 16
Feb 22, 2019
I love dogs
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Level 73
Apr 14, 2019
I suggest one more - Dzo. It is a cross between cattle and yak. My friend herded dzos when she lived in Kashmir.
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Level 79
Apr 26, 2019
Yeah, I tried Zho, which is an alternate spelling of Dzo, along with Zo and Dzho. None seem to be in the official Scrabble dictionary online though. Which is very strange, because I only know the word from playing scrabble. Zo was in a list of allowable two-letter words in an official Scrabble dictionary I had, so I looked it up one time to find the definition and saw all the spellings. Don't know why they aren't accepted online. They definitely exist. Dzo rights, people!
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Level 36
Apr 18, 2019
yeet
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Level 39
Apr 20, 2019
Yeet indeed
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Level 45
May 19, 2019
I typed ass and tit as a joke and it turned out rather well
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Level 82
Jun 2, 2019
Anything wrong with 'orc' as a killer whale?
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Level 49
Jun 9, 2019
orca i think
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Level 67
Jan 26, 2020
Weirdly elf isnt accepted either, and really does have 3 letters
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Level 58
Jun 2, 2019
i cant believe ass is on this quiz. so indecent. like if you agree
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Level 65
Dec 19, 2020
Get your mind out of the gutter dude
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Level 71
Jul 21, 2019
is "man" not the name for a male human?
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Level 36
Jan 6, 2020
Proud to get the 3 New Zealand birds that less than 5% get😌🇳🇿. Several others there I've never heard of!
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Level 37
Jul 12, 2020
Those were easy for me as I am from NZ😝
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Level 29
Dec 8, 2020
I am ashamed to say..... I didn't get a single NZ bird.... and I'm from New Zealand!!! They just didn't enter my mind.😣😔

I'm sorry NZ..... I have let you down.

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Level 45
Apr 21, 2020
How about Coy, like the fish
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Level 83
Dec 19, 2020
koi, it's there
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Level 28
Aug 16, 2020
I am just 10, and I got 40 correct!!!
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Level 31
Oct 5, 2020
I am a LEGEND. 96th percentile. But I got only 30 animals lol.
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Level 43
Nov 11, 2020
I got koi... but forgot cat
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Level 29
Dec 8, 2020
Yay! 22/51! Better then 89.3% of other peeps.✊
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Level 37
Dec 9, 2020
53%!! :D
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Level 26
Dec 11, 2020
Only.... 51%
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Level 26
Dec 11, 2020
Olny got Sow because I'm from Alaska
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Level 80
Dec 19, 2020
So if you're gnawing on lumps of thick skin on the foot of a male swan, technically you're eating corn on the cob.
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Level 80
Dec 19, 2020
Apparently in some parts of the world, instead of calling them "ono", some crazy people call them "ono" instead. Bunch of whackos!

(seriously, though, shouldn't the "What Is It?" column say "wahoo" instead of "ono"?)

And couldn't "nag", an old useless horse, be one of the answers?

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Level 67
Dec 19, 2020
You're missing 'dab'. The Common Dab is a flat fish found in northern waters...
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Level 32
Dec 19, 2020
What about daw? It's an alternative name for the jackdaw, and it's in the Scrabble Dictionary.

Super fun quiz. I just wish there was more time.

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Level 50
Dec 19, 2020
I must be going insane...I tried car...
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Level 51
Dec 19, 2020
I need to know what kind of animal the third one in the last column is. I am afraid to search that up for obvious reasons. I didn't know there was an animal names that and want to make sure there is.
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Level 50
Dec 19, 2020
It's a small bird.
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Level 67
Dec 19, 2020
I question the inclusion of moa, since they've been extinct for almost 600 years.
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Level 48
Dec 21, 2020
Man?

Boy?

Boi?

Where are they?

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Level 24
Feb 15, 2021
3:22

4/51

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Level 30
Mar 2, 2021
I got 25/51 by taking advantage of first writing down the names of animals in the comment section. Thanks for your help
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Level 37
Apr 17, 2021
Hob (male ferret) should be included! Though I don't think it is in the scrabble dictionary which is stupid as it is just as valid as tom.