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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?”

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

*have a sheepish smile

*show dogged determination

*outfox an opponent

*have a ravenous appetite

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*worm your way into a crowd

*prowl like a catburgler

*squirrel away money

*be a snake in the grass

Brainstorm your own!

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*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.

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*Julius Caesar had an aquiline nose.

*The ancient Romans were leonine warriors.

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

swinish behavior

canine devotion

an aqualine nose

elephantine memory

leonine courage

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an ursine grouch

vulpine treachery

alupine smile

vulturine greed

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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