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18th Apr '17 1:24:09 PM Madrugada
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* A non-animal example from the ''Literature/{{Antares}}'' novels. Altan coffee is described as tasting very different from Terran coffee. It is made from a native plant that the original colonists decided was the best local substitute.
18th Apr '17 7:19:16 AM Zeego
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minehead_Hobby_Horse Minehead Hobby Horse]], an English tradition, looks more like a boat than a horse.
2nd Apr '17 5:21:36 AM dreamofwritting
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* Cerbee from ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. Everyone refers to him as a dog. He barks like a dog, is [[Myth/GreekMythology named after a dog]], and does several dog things, but he's a small, one eyed horned monster who, other than having four legs, looks little like a dog.

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* Cerbee from ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. Everyone refers to him as a dog. He barks like a dog, is [[Myth/GreekMythology [[Myth/ClassicalMythology named after a dog]], and does several dog things, but he's a small, one eyed horned monster who, other than having four legs, looks little like a dog.
28th Mar '17 12:09:33 PM hszmv1
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* The correct group name for any Great Ape is a Troop. Unless you ask an American what a group of Baboons are called, who will likely respond with [[TakeThat a Congress.]]
28th Mar '17 12:05:46 PM hszmv1
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** Sea Cows closest relatives are actually Elephants. They got the name cows because they almost exclusively eat sea grass (there we go again) and do so in a slow grazing fashion, much like a cow, and generally have a fairly pleasant and friendly nature due to the lack of any possible environmental threat until the invention of the motorboat.
25th Mar '17 2:20:56 PM Quanyails
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* Many of the strange invertebrates of the Cambrian era also get this treatment, as many of them were named with the sufix "-caris", meaning "shrimp". This includes _Sanctacaris,_ an early relative of sea scorpions, _Nectocaris,_ a squid-like molusc, and most famously _Anomalocaris,_ who even keeps getting refered to as a "prehistoric giant shrimp" in laymen's publications, despite not looking anything like one and being actually closer related to velvet worms.

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* Many of the strange invertebrates of the Cambrian era also get this treatment, as many of them were named with the sufix "-caris", meaning "shrimp". This includes _Sanctacaris,_ ''Sanctacaris'', an early relative of sea scorpions, _Nectocaris,_ ''Nectocaris'', a squid-like molusc, and most famously _Anomalocaris,_ ''Anomalocaris'', who even keeps getting refered to as a "prehistoric giant shrimp" in laymen's publications, despite not looking anything like one and being actually closer related to velvet worms.
7th Mar '17 2:20:29 AM Morgenthaler
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** The English word for "turkey", by the way, derives from the country of the same name--the name comes from the early modern English tendency to give anything from the New World a name with an "exotic" connotation, no matter where the animal came from. These American birds were thus called "Turkey fowl" and eventually just "turkeys," since Turkey was seen to be as exotic as the Americas. Indeed, most languages use some equivalent of either "Turkey fowl" or "India fowl" for turkey; witness Arabic ''dajaj Rumi'' ("fowl from Anatolia"--i.e. Turkey[[note]]This one's particularly convoluted, since "''Rumi''"originally meant ''Roman''; eventually it specifically meant ''[[TheByzantineEmpire Eastern]]'' Roman, and then referred to the land forming the bulk of the Eastern Roman Empire--Anatolia.[[/note]] and Turkish ''Hindi'' ("Indian", a shortening of a longer phrase meaning "Indian fowl").

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** The English word for "turkey", by the way, derives from the country of the same name--the name comes from the early modern English tendency to give anything from the New World a name with an "exotic" connotation, no matter where the animal came from. These American birds were thus called "Turkey fowl" and eventually just "turkeys," since Turkey was seen to be as exotic as the Americas. Indeed, most languages use some equivalent of either "Turkey fowl" or "India fowl" for turkey; witness Arabic ''dajaj Rumi'' ("fowl from Anatolia"--i.e. Turkey[[note]]This one's particularly convoluted, since "''Rumi''"originally meant ''Roman''; eventually it specifically meant ''[[TheByzantineEmpire ''[[UsefulNotes/TheByzantineEmpire Eastern]]'' Roman, and then referred to the land forming the bulk of the Eastern Roman Empire--Anatolia.[[/note]] and Turkish ''Hindi'' ("Indian", a shortening of a longer phrase meaning "Indian fowl").
4th Mar '17 9:29:29 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ''Film/BringingUpBaby'' combines this with a bizarrely specific form of MisplacedWildlife; Katherine Hepburn has bought what she calls a leopard, but is actually a jaguar, from Brazil, where leopards don't live but jaguars do.

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* ''Film/BringingUpBaby'' combines this with a bizarrely specific form of MisplacedWildlife; Katherine Hepburn Creator/KatharineHepburn has bought what she calls a leopard, but is actually a jaguar, from Brazil, where leopards don't live but jaguars do.
28th Feb '17 1:11:13 PM RokuroCarisu
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** The same also applies for marine reptiles like sauropterygians (the famous plesiosaurs+ pliosaurs+ nothosaurs+ placodonts) and ichthyopterygians (ichthyosaurs+ thallattosaurs). Sometimes Dimetrodon is also called a dinosaur, but it turns out that it isn't even a reptile (at least, it isn't in any of the modern reptile groups), but actually an early relative of mammals.
** Adding to the complexity is the fact that if it's big, scaley, and extinct, people call it a dinosaur, when none of those terms really refer to dinosaurs (there were a few in a very brief period that were big, most were between the size of a large dog and a cow; they had feathers, not scales; and they're not extinct, we just call the living ones "birds").

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** The same also applies for marine reptiles like sauropterygians (the famous plesiosaurs+ pliosaurs+ nothosaurs+ placodonts) and ichthyopterygians (ichthyosaurs+ thallattosaurs). The same goes for Basilosaurus, which is a ''whale'', although it was initially misidentified as a reptile.
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Sometimes Dimetrodon is also called a dinosaur, but it turns out that it isn't even a reptile (at least, it isn't in any of the modern reptile groups), but actually an early relative of mammals.
** Adding to * Many of the complexity is strange invertebrates of the fact that if it's big, scaley, and extinct, people call it a dinosaur, when none Cambrian era also get this treatment, as many of those terms really refer to dinosaurs (there them were named with the sufix "-caris", meaning "shrimp". This includes _Sanctacaris,_ an early relative of sea scorpions, _Nectocaris,_ a few in a very brief period that were big, squid-like molusc, and most were between the size of famously _Anomalocaris,_ who even keeps getting refered to as a large dog "prehistoric giant shrimp" in laymen's publications, despite not looking anything like one and a cow; they had feathers, not scales; and they're not extinct, we just call the living ones "birds"). being actually closer related to velvet worms.
24th Feb '17 6:38:01 AM RokuroCarisu
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* Despite being an educational program about prehistoric life, and otherwise very accurate in its depictions, ''Pikaia!'' has its eponymous main creature looking like some sort of cartoonish sea angel rather than an [[http://dinopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Pikaia actual ''Pikaia'']].
** It could also be based on [[http://dinopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Amiskwia ''Amiskwia'']], which is at least from the same time period. That would still be a rather embarassing mixup though.

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* Despite being an educational program about prehistoric life, and otherwise very accurate in its depictions, ''Pikaia!'' has its eponymous main creature looking like some sort of cartoonish sea angel rather than an [[http://dinopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Pikaia actual ''Pikaia'']].
Pikaia]].
** It could also be based on [[http://dinopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Amiskwia ''Amiskwia'']], Amiskwia]], which is at least from the same time period. That would still be a rather embarassing mixup though.
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