Learn English slang | Animals portmanteau words

If you want to learn English slang, you should learn how we put two words together to make a new one. We call them portmanteau words. Here are a few common examples of animals, such as liger, tigon and zonkey...

You can find a few of our animal portmanteaus in this top ten of animal hybrids...

Find out more about portmanteau words, their origin and how we use them in this video from Oxford Dictionaries...

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Portmanteau words are two words put together to create one new word. This is very common in English, so we're going to look at a few examples together.

Firstly, we're going to look at portmanteau words of animals. Have you ever heard of a ligerA liger is a male lion and a female tiger.

What about a tigon? A tigon is a male tiger and a female lion.

You could also have a zonkey, which is half zebra, half donkey.

A geep, which is a cross between a goat and a sheep.

A cama, which is half camel, half llama.

And if you've been to Australia, maybe you've heard of a walleroo, which is half wallaby, half kangaroo.

If you have a pet dog, maybe you've heard of a cockerpoo, which is half cocker spaniel and half poodle.

And how about a labradoodle, which is half labrador and half poodle.

If you know any more portmanteau words of animals, put them in the comments below.