photo by Sfoskett
photo by brian.gratwicke
photo by Elena Chochkova
Photo by കാക്കര
photo by DickDaniels
and last, but by no means least:
(They're a Jaguar car, an agouti, a cashew fruit, petunias, tapioca roots, a chestnut-fronted macaw, and a Brazilian tapir in case you didn't recognise them).
Does that help?
To which list I could add cayenne pepper, a cougar, and a toucan.
Well, all these words (and more) have come to us from the Tupi-Gurani group of South American languages.
And I, for one, am grateful.
Word To Use Today: one from a Tupi-Gurani language. Tupi-Gurani words tend to come to English through Portuguese, and/or French. Agouti comes from akuti, cashew from acaîu, cayenne from kyinha, macaw from macavuana (which may be the name of a type of palm tree, the fruit of which macaws eat) petunia from petun, which means smoke, jaguar from jaguara, tapioca from a word meaning 'juice squeezed out', toucan from tucano, and the beautiful tapir from tapiira.
PS Another reason to celebrate: it's World Tapir Day today!