RE: Ratty (and toad, and mole...)

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Feline can apply to any member of the Felidae, including cats (Felis), lions
(Panthera), and cheetahs (Acinonyx).  Thus murine can apply to any member of
the Muridae, including both mice (Mus) and rats (Rattus).
					-Allen A. Smith
					 Barry University

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From: Simon Smith []
Sent: Friday, April 21, 2000 8:25 PM
To: Histonet (E-mail)
Subject: Ratty (and toad, and mole...)

Just thought I'd reiterate a question I embedded in a previous posting:

mouse = murine
dog = canine
cow = bovine
wolf = lupine
cat = feline
rabbit = lapine
goat = caprine.....etc

So what's a rat?  

Rattine would be a logical choice but isn't particularly satisfying, and the
other replies of "someone who doesn't pay for dinner" or "someone who
doesn't buy a round" while perfectly true, are not quite what I'm after.

So come on you grammarians and scholars of the english language (or any of
those dead languages that made it what it is today) and help me out.

Simon Smith B.Sc. AIBMS
Supervisor, Laboratory Resources
Skeletech, Inc.
22002 26th Ave SE, Suite 104
Bothell   WA   98021
Voice: (425) 424 2663   Fax:  (425) 424 2600

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