Names of Animals in Chinese

The names of animal in Chinese (动物 [dòngwù]) are one of the first things that Chinese students learn. So, here we go.

Did you know?

The very Chinese word for “animal”, 动物 (dòngwù), is very interesting. It is made up of two characters. The first, 动 (dòng), means “to move”. And the second, 物 (wù), means “thing / object”.

So, according to the literal meaning, that thing (or little thing) that moves, that is an animal. Nice, huh?

Now, into business. Let’s learn names of the most common animals (and some that not so much).

Farm animals

Some names of animals in chinese

Panda熊猫Xióngmāo
Lion狮子Shīzi
Snake*Shé
Dog*Gǒu
CatMāo
Elefant大象Dà xiàng
Jiraffe长颈鹿Chángjǐnglù
Monkey*猴子Hóuzi
Mouse老鼠Lǎoshǔ
Cow*Niú
Sheep绵羊Miányáng
Fish
Pig*Zhū
Horse*
BirdNiǎo
Tiger*老虎Lǎohǔ
Rabbit*兔子Tùzǐ
Chicken
Shark鲨鱼Shā yú
WolfLáng
Rat*Shǔ
Dragon*Lóng
Goat*山羊Shānyáng
Animals with the (*) appear in the Chinese horoscope, which are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

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