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'Cat' In Different Languages Of The World

'Cat' In Different Languages Of The World

Thanks to the Internet and a global network of cat lovers, you can easily find out what cats are called using a handful of search words. There are over 1000 variations of the word "cat" that are in use around the world. Here I will tell you about the most popular ones. Let's feed our cat curiosities today!

'Cat' In Different Languages Of The World

The English word was derived from the Old EnglishĀ catt, which came from the Late LatinĀ cattus. In Spanish, a cat is calledĀ gato; a kitten isĀ gatito, and a female cat is calledĀ gata. In French, a feline isĀ chat, a kitty cat isĀ chaton, and a female cat isĀ chatte. (A word of warning: this word is likewise vulgar terms for a part of women's body.)

The Cat-SƬth or Cat-Sidhe is mystical cat from Celtic mythology. It is claimed to appear like a big black feline with a white area on its chest.

PopokiĀ is the Hawaiian word for a cat. In several Native American languages, whether a term refers to an animate or inanimate object is influenced by its usage. The Cree call themĀ minos. In Cherokee, the cat isĀ wesa, and kittens are calledĀ wesa usdi.

The Mayans politely called the felineĀ miss. The Lakota call catĀ igmuĀ and kittensĀ igmu-chi-ka-la. Aztecs call jaguarsĀ tecuaniĀ in the Nahuatl language, which are sacred to the war god Tezcatlipoca.

'Cat' In Different Languages Of The World

It is in Europe where we find incredible fairy tales and folklore about felines. In Germany, a cat is calledĀ Katze, and a kitten isĀ KƤtzchen. (Nouns in German always begin with uppercase.) In his indigenous Italy, Puss in Boots is called "Il Gatto con gli stivali," and in French, he's "Le MaĆ®tre Chat," which means "The Master Cat."

The Shrek films portray the hero in Spanish, where he would be called "El Gato con Botas." The Portuguese as will not be so different: "O Gato de Botas." Spanish and Portuguese are similar languages on the surface. However, the sentence structure (among other things) is very different.

In Greece, dubbed as "the land of a thousand strays," a cat is also calledĀ gata, a kitten isĀ gataki. In Swedish, it isĀ katt, and in Finnish, it isĀ kissa. In Russia, a cat names you instead! But seriously,Ā koshkaĀ is a female cat, andĀ kotĀ is a tomcat.

In Egypt, where the feline was when sacred, the word for cat isĀ mau. The Swahili word for cat isĀ paka. The Yoruba word for a kitten isĀ ologbo. Amongst the Zulu people, the cat is calledĀ ikati. The Igbo call a domestic felineĀ pusi. The word for cat isĀ katĀ in Dutch.

The Arabic word for a cat can be Anglicized asĀ gutĀ and articulated like "cut." In Turkish, the feline is calledĀ kedi. Iran is the native home of the Persian cat, and the Anglicized word for cat isĀ gorbe.

Yiddish speakers may be more acquainted with the wordĀ ketscheleĀ or simplyĀ kats,Ā though the Hebrew word for it isĀ chatul.Ā Also in Yiddish, aĀ Katsnkop,Ā translated asĀ "cat in the head," is a forgetful individual.

'Cat' In Different Languages Of The World

And now, let us take a slow watercraft to China, where the Mandarin word for cat isĀ mao. In Japan, a cat is called neko, while a kitten is calledĀ koneko. In a Japanese anime, a girl having cat ears or other feline attributes is called aĀ nekomimi. Anime fans, we go you!

In India, cats are believed to bring bad luck in general, and the word can be Anglicized asĀ billee. The Oriental word for cat isĀ goyang-i. In Vietnam, the feline is calledĀ con mĆØo. In the Philippines, cats are calledĀ pusa, and the kitten is calledĀ kuting. In Malaysia, the cat is calledĀ kucing. It's tough to Anglicize the Thai word for kitten (ą¹ąø”ąø§), yet it seems like a very drawn-out "Meow."

And The Rest Of the World...

'Cat' In Different Languages Of The World

The only two continents left are Australia and Antarctica. A few researchers and fishermen brought their felines with them, but this did not last long.

In Australia, cats contribute to the extinction of endemic animals and are very strictly regulated.

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