In current English usage, post-1540s, a minx is not any sort of animal at all. It is an insulting word for a woman who is considered too flirtatious and rude. There is an obsolete English word, mynx, that dates from the 16th century that refers to a playful pet dog.Continue Reading
There is another, and current, English word that is spelled and pronounced similarly to minx that does refer to an animal: mink. Minks are members of the weasel family. There are several species, one native to North America and another to Europe. They are trapped or farmed for their luxurious fur.
The two words, mink and minx, are probably not related in origin. The etymology of minx is well-attested to as being from mynx, for a dog. Mink is of dubious origin, most likely derived from Scandinavian. Dutch and Swedish have similar words for the same animal.Learn more about Mammals
A woodchuck and a groundhog are the same animal, according to National Geographic. They also are referred to as marmots and are members of the squirrel family. The scientific name for a groundhog is Marmota monax.Full Answer >
Raccoons are omnivores and eat foods from both plant and animal sources; their diet is highly dependent on the food available where they live. According to PBS.org, a raccoon's typical diet includes fruits, nuts, plants, insects, berries, eggs, frogs and crayfish. The largest volume of their diet comes from plants and invertebrates. In urban areas and campgrounds, humans often see them scavenging through garbage cans looking for discarded food.Full Answer >
The life cycle of a dingo starts in the spring months when the animal breeds. It is most common for dingoes to mate between March and June.Full Answer >
Buffalo and bison are not the same animal, although people often mistakenly refer to the American bison as a buffalo. Buffalo and bison are both ungulates but are different species.Full Answer >