TagAnimals, Insects, & Birds

by catch

by catch  n.— «It is estimated that Dirty Fishing, also known as “by catch,” results in the accidental death and waste of 44 million pounds of sea life worldwide every year, though exact figures in the U.S. are difficult to...

gorilla dust

gorilla dust n. bluffing, posturing, or hollow attempts at intimidation. Etymological Note: The 1998 quote accurately describes the origins of the term. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

gorilla dust

gorilla dust  n.— «More than 7,000 people showed up here today to witness what one business publication billed as a “clash of titans.” But the actual event amounted to little more than a cloud of what one of the combatants...

gorilla dust

gorilla dust  n.— «When two male gorillas confront each other, they’re too canny most of the time to actually fight, so they resort to the tried-and-true political tactic of intimidation. Both scurry about in a frenzy, grimacing...

tecticolous

tecticolous  n.— «These developing communities of invertebrates are of a kind not found in the wild, drawing hardy species from different habitats, from grassland and banks to gravel pits and coastal dunes. A new word has been coined to...

protein

protein  n.— «Every 10 seconds a new cow—in slaughterhouse vernacular, “proteins”—enters Swift’s Greeley plant. Blood-spattered workers carve through the swaying, 1,200-pound carcasses.» —“Farmlands Seen as Fertile for...