Animal Names in Yoruba Language and Meanings in the English Language

Animal Names in Yoruba Language and Meanings in the English Language

The Yoruba ethnic group is the second-largest ethnic group in Nigeria and one of Nigeria’s most influential ethnic group, politically.

Below are the names of some animals in the Yoruba language as well as their translations in the English language:

 

Aaka = Hedgehog

Àgbọnrín = Deer

Agemon, ògà = Chameleon

Agodongbo = Colt

Àgùnfọn = Giraffe

Àkeke = Scorpion

Àkókó = Wood pecker

Akò = Grey Heron

Aparo = Bushfowl

Àwòdì, Àṣá = Kite (Bird)

Ẹfọn = Buffalo

Ẹ̀ga = Weaver

Erè, Òjòlá = Python

Erin = Elephant

Erinmi = Hippopotamus

Ẹtà = Civet cat

Ẹtù, Awó = Guinea fowl

Etu, Èsúró = Duiker

Ewúrẹ = Goat

Rakunmi = camel

Ìbákà = Canary bird

Ìgalà = Bushbuck

Ìjàpá, Ahun, Alábahun = Tortoise

Ìnọkí = Baboon or Mandrill

Ìràwò = Beetle

Kọlọkọlọ = Fox

Kìnìún = Lion

lámilámi = Dragonfly

Ofàfà = Tree hyrax

Ọ̀bọ = Monkey

Ológbò = Cat

Omo-nlé = Gecko Lizard

Òtòlò = Waterbuck

Òwìwí = Owl

Oyà = Cane Rat/Grasscutter

Pẹpẹyẹ = Duck

Yànmùyánmú, ẹfọn = Mosquito

Eranko bi imado/Àgbánréré = Rhinoceros

Ẹkùn/Ògìdán = Tiger

Àmọ̀tẹ́kùn = Leopard

Erinmi/Erinmilokun = Hippopotamus

Ìmàdò = Wild boar

Ikõkò = Hyena/Hyaena

Kẹ́tẹ́kẹ́tẹ́ = Donkey

Kẹ́tẹ́kẹ́tẹ́ Abilà = Zebra

Ìjímèrè = Brown Monkey

Egbin/Ẹtu/Olube/Esuró = Antelope

Ọ̀wàwà = Cheetah

Ọṣà = Chimpanzee

Ọka = Gabon viper

Sebe = Cobra

Ahọnrihọn = Alligator

Antaa/Aleegba = Monitor Lizard

Igun, Gunnugun, Gurugu, Akala = Vulture

Ologiri = Palm bird

Arigiṣẹgi = Wood- Carrier

Ọkin = Peacock

Ọkẹrẹ = Squirrel

Okinrin = Okinrin

Okete = Pouch Rat

Edu = Wild Goat

Akurakuda = Shark

Ekolo = Earthworm

Ẹyẹ-Orin = Songbird

Aparo = Partridge

Ibakasiẹ = Ass

Ẹyẹ-Ofu = Pelican

Osin = Water Bird

Yanja-yanja = Sea Bird

Adaba = Dove

Paramọlẹ = Viper

Pẹju-pẹju = Seagulls

Sọmidọlọti/Oloyo = Yellow-haired Monkey

Ẹyẹ-Iwo = Raven

Iṣawuru = Fresh-water Snail

Igbin/Aginniṣọ = Snail

Ẹdun = Ape

Alangba = Lizard

Alakasa = Lobster

Ere = African rock python

Ẹlẹdẹ-Igbo = Boar

Elegbede = Chimpanzee

Ojola = African rock Python

Kọnkọ = frog

Ọpọlọ = Toad

Eegbọn = Tick/flee

Akan = Crab

Oriri = Wild pigeon

Oorẹ, Eerẹ, Ojigbọn = Porcupine

Tanpẹpẹ = Blank-ants

Ọkunrun = Millipede

Aja-Ọdẹ = Hound

Lekeleke = Cattle-egret

Ogongo = Ostrich

Ikan, Ikamudu = White ant/Termite

Idi = Eagle

Oyin = Bee

Eṣinṣin/Eṣin = Housefly

Kokoro-Ojuọti = Gnats

Eliri = Mouse

Abonilejọpọn = Red-ants

Ina-Ori = Lice

Idun = Bedbugs

Alapandẹdẹ = Swallow

Iru, Eṣinṣin- Nla = Gadfly

Akata/Ajako = Jackal

Eja-odo = Jelly fish

Aferegbojo/ Afe-imojo = A species of bird

Elulu = A brown feathered bird

Labalaba = Butterfly

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