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Animal Names in Yoruba and English Language

The Yoruba language is a language widely spoken by the Yoruba ethnic group of Nigeria dominantly found in the Southwestern part of the country. Widely regarded as the most enlightened and educated ethnic group in Nigeria, the Yoruba people and their language, the Yoruba language has been used to teach or drive education in the region in a bid to preserving their culture and the strength of their language. It is one major reason why the Yoruba language is prioritized and taught in secondary schools in the South West region of Nigeria.

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

If you are a non-Yoruba speaker, perhaps it is best you know that words in the Yoruba language are accented with three primary marks (do-re-mi).  \ _ / (Do=\) (Re=_ ) (Mi=/) WITHOUT the brackets and = sign. The middle tone (re) is just basically a normal tone used in English.  The (Do) tone is a lower tone, and the (mi) is a higher tone. Yoruba also has its own alphabet. (a b d e e f g gb h i j k l m n o o p r s s t u w y)

A perfect example of how these accented alphabets are pronounced in Yoruba can be found below:

a. Àlàbí – (pronounced – do-do-mi)
b. Ọláyẹmí – (pronounced – re-mi-re-mi)

If the above is understood, speaking and writing the Yòrùbá (do-do-mi) language in no time wouldn’t be difficult. Although, mastery of the Yoruba orthography is necessary if you are to become a pro at it. We are not sure of delving into that anytime soon.

In this post, we have compiled a list of some animal names in Yoruba Language as well as their English names in order to greatly assist those who are interested in not only knowing what these animals are called in the English language but also know their Yoruba names.

Animal Names in Yoruba Language and Meanings in the English Language

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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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