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Words from Animal Roots. 1. Describe what it means to be a “bully”. 2. What does it mean to be “busy as a bee?”. 3. Explain each of these “animal-to-human” expressions. *have a sheepish smile. *show dogged determination. *out fox an opponent. *have a ravenous appetite.

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1. Describe what it means to be a “bully”.

2. What does it mean to be “busy as a bee?”


3. Explain each of these “animal-to-human” expressions.

*have a sheepish smile

*show dogged determination

*outfox an opponent

*have a ravenous appetite


*worm your way into a crowd

*prowl like a catburgler

*squirrel away money

*be a snake in the grass

Brainstorm your own!


*Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh were pioneer aviators.

*We were shocked by our guests’ swinish table manners.

*An apiary produces honey and also protects people from bee stings.


*Julius Caesar had an aquiline nose.

*The ancient Romans were leonine warriors.


Why is each “animal word” attached to the human feature or behavior?

swinish behavior

canine devotion

an aqualine nose

elephantine memory

leonine courage


an ursine grouch

vulpine treachery

alupine smile

vulturine greed


aquiline Ursa Major taurine

lupine elephantine bovine

*wolf-like or savage

*bullying or aggressive

*hooked like an eagle’s beak

*the Great Bear or Big Dipper

*huge and clumsy

*dull, apathetic or cow-like