Gazelle

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Gazelle
GAZELLE substantive (Arab. Ghaza). Mammal, genus of the antelope family, which includes a dozen species, characterized by horns shaped as a lyre or with a double curve, always ringed, whithout edge, and born by both male and female. Gazelles are graceful small quadrupeds of elegant figure, with soft eyes, a shy nature, and they run lightly and rapidly …Read more »

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Hamster

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Hamster
HAMSTER substantive (german word). Mamm. genus of rodent, close to the rat, and characterized by a short and hairy tail and by elongated fur lined pouches, that these animals use for the transport of grain they store in their underground dwellings. There are various species of hamsters, in Europe as well as in the north of Asia. The common species, known as the Black-bellied Hamster (cricetus vulgaris, Cuv.), includes rodents a bit larger than the rat, with …Read more »

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Gnu

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Gnu
GNU s. Species of large antelopes that live in the southern and central plains of Africa, and which are sometimes classified as Bovidae or oxen, of the genus catoblepas (H. Smith) or connochetes (Gray); it is the wilde beest of Cape Town dutch settlers. The gnu is one of the strangest animals; it has the head and horns of a buffalo, the body and mane of a horse and the limbs of an antelope. The main color of the common species (catoblepas gnu, H. Smith) is a tawny brown, darker on the back and legs. The gnu, although heavy in appearance, is very fast and …Read more »

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Viscacha

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Viscacha aka Helamys
HELAMYS s. (gr. hĂȘlos, marsh; mus, rat). Mamm. genus of rodent, close to the jerboa and of which we know two species, lagotis Cuvieri and lagotis pallipes, both the size and the color of the hare, to which this genus is a substitute in the fauna of …Read more »

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Kangaroo

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Kangaroo
KANGAR00 s. Mamm. Kind of marsupial, which includes several species of quadrupeds living in Australia and the nearby islands, remarkable by the volume of their tail, which they use for leaping, and by the amazing length of their lower limbs. Kangaroos feed on plants, grazing like ruminants and like them, according to Owen, they sometimes chew twice the food contained in their first stomach; they vary in height, from that of a man to that of a hare; when grazing, they put their forefeet on the ground, but otherwise they rest on the tripod formed by their hindlegs and their tail, with the upper part of the body slightly bent forward. They are the only marsupials not to be nocturnal. The largest and best known species is the large kanguroo (macropus giganteus, Shaw), discovered in 1770 on the coast of New South Wales during Cook’s first travel; an adult male owned by the British museum, measures 175 cm (5’9″) from the tip of the nose to the root of the tail; the latter being 4’3″ long; the female kangaroo is …Read more »

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Cheetah

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Cheetah
CHEETAH. Mamm. type of carnivore of the large family of cats. The cheetah (felis jubata, Schreb;), also called hunting leopard or maned leopard, lives in Southern Asia and Africa. It looks like an enormous cat; but it is …Read more »

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