Questions tagged [zoologie]

Les noms d'animaux, et autre terminologie du monde animalier. ❚ Animal names, and other animal-related terminology.

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What's the correct gender for pets?

In English, the biological sex of a pet attaches to the pronoun used to refer to it. So I might say: What a beautiful cat! What's her name? In French, does the gender attach to the sex of the pet, ...
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Hibou vs chouette? What's the difference?

Pretty specific, I know. But what's the difference? Are there different connotations?
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French word for female cat?

This feels like a silly question but I want to know if female chat is "chatte" because Google Translate suggests anything but (vulgar terms, beware). Does "chatte" mean female cat and the other words?...
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Is it normal to say "chatte"? Are there any animals where you would always use the masculine version?

Someone who is not fluent pointed out to me that it is common to say "le chat" even for female cats, and that "la chatte" is considered vulgar, given that it is used to refer things besides cats. I ...
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