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cachalot Tweet Definition of cachalot Like Definition of cachalot on Facebook
  1. The sperm whale
camel Tweet Definition of camel Like Definition of camel on Facebook
  1. A beast of burden, much used in desert areas, of the genus camelus.
  2. Loaded vessels lashed tightly, one on each side of a another vessel, and then emptied to reduce the draught of the ship in the middle.
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  1. A dog or wolf, as distinct from a fox, which is a vulpine.
  2. In heterodont mammals, the pointy tooth between the incisors and the premolars; a cuspid.
  3. (context, poker slang) A king and a nine as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em
  1. Of, or pertaining to, the dog.
Capuchin Tweet Definition of Capuchin Like Definition of Capuchin on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A member of an order of Roman Catholic friars.
capybara Tweet Definition of capybara Like Definition of capybara on Facebook
  1. The largest living rodent (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), native to South America, living partly on land and partly in water.
carabao Tweet Definition of carabao Like Definition of carabao on Facebook
  1. a water-buffalo
  • 1999: The weaker carabaos are slaughtered for meat, the stronger ones put to work on Golgotha, and the drivers are assimilated into the workforce. " Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
carcajou Tweet Definition of carcajou Like Definition of carcajou on Facebook
  1. wolverine, Wolverine, a solitary, fierce member of the weasel family
catamount Tweet Definition of catamount Like Definition of catamount on Facebook
  1. the puma, mountain lion, or other similar wild cat
cattle Tweet Definition of cattle Like Definition of cattle on Facebook
noun (uncountable or plurale tantum)
  1. Collective noun for bovine animals (cows, bulls, steers etc).
Do you want to raise ?
  1. Plural for bovine animals.
Look at those five .
  1. Certain other domestic animals, such as sheep, pigs or horses.
  2. beef, Beef.
I hate eating .
cavy Tweet Definition of cavy Like Definition of cavy on Facebook
noun (pluralcavies)
  1. A guinea pig.
cetacean Tweet Definition of cetacean Like Definition of cetacean on Facebook
  1. An animal belonging to the order Cetacea, including dolphins, porpoises, and whales.
The tour promised spiritual experiences with humpback whales and other cetaceans, but all we saw were seagulls and a dead sea otter.
  1. In general, relating to large aquatic mammals, either directly or by analogy.
The obese woman, ungainly on land, moved with a kind of grace in the water.
  1. Specifically, belonging to the zoologic order Cetacea, or associated with species falling under that taxonomic hierarchy.
The poached blubber was definitely in origin, but the particular species could not be identified.
chamois Tweet Definition of chamois Like Definition of chamois on Facebook
noun (chamois)
  1. A short-horned goat-antelope native to mountainous terrain in southern Europe; Rupicapra rupicapra.
  2. (italbrac, Usually as "chamois leather") Soft pliable leather originally made from the skin of chamois (nowadays the hides of deer, sheep, and other species of goat are alternatively used).
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  1. Chamois-coloured.
cheetah Tweet Definition of cheetah Like Definition of cheetah on Facebook
  1. A distinctive member (Acinonyx jubatus) of the cat family , slightly smaller than the leopard, but with proportionately longer limbs and a smaller head; it is native to Africa and also credited with being the fastest terrestrial animal.
chinchilla Tweet Definition of chinchilla Like Definition of chinchilla on Facebook
  1. A small, nocturnal rodent of the genus Chinchilla, native to the Andes, prized for its very soft fur and also often kept as a pet.
  2. The fur of a chinchilla used for clothing.
chipmunk Tweet Definition of chipmunk Like Definition of chipmunk on Facebook
  1. A squirrel-like rodent of the genus Tamias, native mainly to North America.
civet Tweet Definition of civet Like Definition of civet on Facebook
  1. A carnivorous catlike animal that produces a musky secretion. It is two to three feet long, with black bands and spots on the body and tail.
  2. the perfume
coati Tweet Definition of coati Like Definition of coati on Facebook
  1. any of several animals, of the genus Nasua, that live from the southern United States to northern Argentina
colugo Tweet Definition of colugo Like Definition of colugo on Facebook
  1. An arboreal gliding mammal, of order Dermoptera, native to South-east Asia.
cony Tweet Definition of cony Like Definition of cony on Facebook
noun (coni, es)
  1. A rabbit, especially the European rabbit (w:Oryctolagus cuniculus, Oryctolagus cuniculus).
coon Tweet Definition of coon Like Definition of coon on Facebook
  1. (informal) A raccoon.
  2. (context, UK, pejorative, dated, racial slur, slang) A black person.
  3. (informal) A person who is a member of a colourfully dressed dancing troupe in Cape Town during New Year celebrations.
  1. To hunt racoons.
  2. (context, colloquial, Georgia) To fish by noodling, by feeling for large fish in underwater holes.
  3. To crawl by straddle, straddling a log, especially in crossing a creek, or similar, such as a construction beam.
    • 1923+, author title and volume kept strictly confidential by Google Books, Outing, W. B. Holland
    • : There is a little ledge low on the face of the cliff, and by this with careful "cooning" one may reach a recession in the rock which makes a lovely arm chair.
    • 1957, The Arkansas Historical Quarterly, volume XVI, Arkansas Historical Association
    • : 2 o'clock we float up to Duvall's landing"high bluff, store house, and a few dwelling houses. Here the fleet stops. Now for a canter through the woods, cooning logs, and waiding sloughs. Slosh across a small prairie.
    • 1982, Edwin Van Syckle, The River Pioneers, Early Days on Grays Harbor, Pacific Search Press, page 186
    • : "Advertising" was one problem for frontier women. Another was having to "" across a fallen tree that had been felled and limbed to bridge a canyon or gully.
      1. (context, dated, Southern American) To steal.
    • 1940, John W. "Jack" Ganzhorn, I"ve Killed Men, Robert Hale Limited, page 58
    • : Cooning water-melons sic. was a common custom, and young people would go out at night on such parties. To prevent any raids on our melon patch Grandfather set a trap alarm"which brought disaster.
    • 1948, John Donald Kingsley, The Antioch Review, volume VIII
    • : He kept on buying and selling horses, he said, sometimes paying for them in bogus, and sometimes cooning them. It was true he helped Malcolm Burnham break into Fred Able"s store
    • 1968, Bill Adler (compiler), Jay David (editor), Growing Up Black, Morrow, page 200
    • : In the summertime, at night, in addition to all the other things we did, some of us boys would slip out down the road, or across the pastures and go "cooning" watermelons.
    • 2006, Timothy M. Gay, Tris Speaker, The Rough-and-Tumble Life of a Baseball Legend, U of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803222068, page 37
    • : Tris and his gang loved to prowl around at night, "cooning melons," as Speaker put it in a 1920 interview. By all accounts, young Master Speaker was a handful.
      1. (context, AAVE) For an African American, to play the dated stereotype of a black fool for an audience, particularly including Caucasians.
    • 1994, Donald Bogle, Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies and Bucks, An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films, page 234
    • : Rather than cooning or tomming it up to please whites...the black comic characters joked or laughed or acted the fool with one another. Or sometimes they used humor combatively to outwit the white characters.
    • 1999, Nelson George, Elevating the Game, Black Men and Basketball, U of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803270852, page 52
    • : If any other forties figure paralleled this humorous, graceful man in appeal it was the dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, who, like the Trotter, funneled his extraordinary physical gifts into mass entertainment for whites yet remarkably, considering the time, avoided cooning.
    • 2002, Mark Anthony Neal, Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-soul Aesthetic, Routledge, ISBN 0415926572, page 183
    • : Students even recoiled from the film"s opening segments, which featured the late "Scatman" Crothers singing "I Got the Devil in Me," looking and sounding as if he had just walked off the set of an early 1930s plantation film. Of course Crothers was a remnant of an earlier era when black performers shucked, jived, cooned, and tapped for their two-minutes of fame
    • 2003, Adrienne Anderson, Word, Rap, Politics and Feminism, iUniverse, ISBN 0595270360, page 75
    • : Videos shown on these stations...become a microcosm of same issues that are going on in the Black community.... We"re smack dab into a new millennium and we"re still dealing with an antiquated color caste, sexism, and cooning.
    • 2004, J. Ronald Green, With a Crooked Stick" The Films of Oscar Micheaux, Indiana University Press, ISBN 0253217156, page
    • : In the next sequence, one of Ted"s assistant producers has "picked up a couple of boys in Harlem" who do a song-and-dance number. A preadolescent boy performs a broad-smiling, eye-rolling "cooning" act that is embarrassingly exaggerated.
    • 2005, Kermit Ernest Campbell, "gettin" our groove on", rhetoric, language, and literacy for the hip hop generation, Wayne State University Press, ISBN 081432925X, page 80
    • : From the classic toasts to the dirty dozens to the early blues50 and now to gangsta rap lyrics"why not consider it all just a bunch of niggers cooning for the white man"s delight and dollars?
    • 2006, A. Khaulid, The Great Book of Fire, Damon Hunter, ISBN 1427602417, page 142
    • : Then the warrior appeared, in a manner that was dead serious as a heart attack wearing a baseball cap. Then came the sidekick, a jet black madman dancing, and almost cooning out of the shadows that cancelled him.
cottontail Tweet Definition of cottontail Like Definition of cottontail on Facebook
  1. a cottontail rabbit
cougar Tweet Definition of cougar Like Definition of cougar on Facebook
  1. A mountain lion; Puma concolor.
  2. (context, Canadian, slang) A woman of middle age who actively seeks the casual companionship of younger (typically under 30 years old) males.
A approached Warren at the Palomino Club and asked for a dance.
coyote Tweet Definition of coyote Like Definition of coyote on Facebook
  1. A canine species (Canis latrans) native to North America.
    • 1824: William Bullock, Six Months' Residence and Travels in Mexico, p. 119
    • : Near Rio Frio we shot several handsome birds, and saw a cayjotte, or wild dog, which in size nearly approached the wolf.
      1. A smuggler of illegal immigrants across the land border from Mexico into the United States of America.
coypu Tweet Definition of coypu Like Definition of coypu on Facebook
noun (coypus, pl2=coypu)
  1. A large, crepuscular, semiaquatic rodent (Myocastor coypus) resembling a large rat, having bright orange-yellow incisors, native to South America, Europe, Asia and North America, valued for its fur in eastern Europe and central Asia and considered a pest elsewhere.

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