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.Know More
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
One animal whose name begins with the letter "U" is the uakari, which is a kind of monkey. Other animals whose names begin with "U" are the umbrella bird and the uguisu.Full Answer >
The fastest land animal is the cheetah, which is capable of running as fast as 70 to 75 miles per hour. It only takes cheetahs three seconds to reach 60 miles per hour, which is quicker than the acceleration of most automobiles.Full Answer >
The red kangaroo can jump the highest and can jump as high as 10 feet while bounding as far as 25 feet in a single leap. The red kangaroo is known scientifically as Megaleia rufa.Full Answer >
A kangaroo rat can live its entire life, 2 to 5 years, without drinking water. Camels can only survive for a few months without water.Full Answer >