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buffalo a large mammal that has long legs, hooves, and horns, and that is closely related to cattle. Different kinds of buffaloes live in Africa or Asia. The North American bison is sometimes called a buffalo, but is not a true buffalo.
butterfly an insect with four large wings that flies mostly in the daytime. Butterflies are closely related to moths but have thinner bodies and are usually more brightly colored.
butternut a tree of North America with leaves that drop every year. The butternut is related to the walnut. [1/2 definitions]
caiman a large reptile that is related to the crocodile and alligator. Caimans live in tropical areas of North and South America.
canine having to do with dogs or animals related to dogs, such as wolves, foxes, and coyotes. [1/3 definitions]
capybara a large, furry rodent that has no tail. Capybara live near rivers, lakes, or other watery areas in forests or grassy regions of South America. Capybara are related to guinea pigs, mice, and squirrels, but they are much larger. Despite their size, they eat only plants.
caribou an animal with long legs and a long neck. Caribou are mammals with antlers and hooves. They live in the northern part of North America. Caribou are closely related to moose and other kinds of deer. Both male and female caribou have antlers.
cat1 any of the larger wild animals related to the kind of cat kept as a pet. Tigers, lions, and bobcats are all cats. Cats are carnivorous mammals. [1/2 definitions]
cauliflower a plant that bears a large head of firm white flowers that can be eaten. Cauliflower is related to the cabbage plant.
chimpanzee a mammal that lives in African rain forests. Chimpanzees are in the group of primate mammals called apes. They are related to, but smaller than, gorillas. Chimpanzees are very intelligent and sometimes use tools to get food.
chinchilla a small mammal from the mountains of South America. Chinchillas are rodents closely related to guinea pigs. They have very soft fur and live in tunnels called burrows. Sometimes they are kept as pets.
circle a group of people who are related by blood or have the same interests. [1/5 definitions]
citrus of or related to the fruit of such trees. [1/2 definitions]
cock1 an adult male chicken or the male of other closely related birds, such as turkeys or pheasants; rooster. [1/3 definitions]
colonial of or related to a colony or colonies. [2 definitions]
colt a young male horse, donkey, zebra, or related animal, usually one that is less than four years old.
columbine a plant related to the buttercup whose flowers have five long petals.
conch a sea animal with a soft body and a large, spiral shell. Conches are carnivorous mollusks that eat smaller mollusks such as clams. Several kinds of conches live in warm parts of the ocean all around the world. Conches are closely related to snails. [1/2 definitions]
connect to think of as related; associate. [1/3 definitions]
connection the fact of being related; relationship or association. [1/3 definitions]
coyote a North American mammal that is closely related to dogs, foxes, and wolves. Coyotes have a pointed nose and ears and a bushy tail. They hunt small animals, and they also sometimes eat plants.