le petit / le jeune de la vache est...

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by gachette71, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. gachette71 Senior Member

    Belgium - French
    Hi !

    I can't find the correct word for "le petit de" or "le jeune de". We have two words in French. Do you also have two words in English ?

    Context : Le petit de la vache est le veau.
    "The young (?) of the cow is the calf ?"
     
  2. gachette71 Senior Member

    Belgium - French
    Hi.

    Can I use "cub" for every animal or is it more (or exclusively) for wild animals, such as lions, wolves or bears ?

    If not, what word could I use for cows, horses, sheep, dogs, cats, etc ?

    Thank you.
     
  3. edwingill Senior Member

    England English
    "cub" can only be used for the young of carnivorous mammals
     
  4. gachette71 Senior Member

    Belgium - French
    Ok, and what about pets and farm animals ?

    Is it simply "The young of the cow is the calf ?"
     
  5. Arrius

    Arrius Senior Member

    Spain
    English, UK
    ...and a member of the junior branch of the scouts.
     
  6. gachette71 Senior Member

    Belgium - French
    Which probalby corresponds to "louveteau" in French.
     
  7. DeLaMancha

    DeLaMancha Senior Member

    Plaisir, France
    Français de France
    Salut Gâchette !
    Mon Royal English Dictionnary (revised edition 1935) donne, comme définition :
    calf : the young of the cow and of some other animals.
    J'en conclus donc que "young" est le terme approprié dans ton cas.
     
  8. gachette71 Senior Member

    Belgium - French
    Thanks a lot !
     
  9. Suehil

    Suehil Medemod

    Tillou, France
    British English
    The young of animals all different names in English; the young of a wolf is a cub, but the young of a dog is a puppy.
    This link might help, though it is not complete.
     
  10. snarkhunter

    snarkhunter Senior Member

    France, Région parisienne
    French - France
    Sorry, but it looks like the actual question was not about the specific name for any given animal, but only about the generic word to be used, which appears to be "the young"...
     
  11. edwingill Senior Member

    England English
  12. Arrius

    Arrius Senior Member

    Spain
    English, UK

    steer
    noun
    a young male cow that has had its sex organs removed

    The list provided by Suehil should be interesting and useful, but I don't much care for the above entry. Cow refers excusively to the female animal except in compounds such as cowboy and cowherd, and steer which I haven't heard used in England where head of cattle is the equivalent term, has been used in every American western film I have seen for any beef cattle regardless of age or sex. A castrated bull is a bullock or ox, but I do not think that all the male steers once herded in thousands overland were castrated before starting the journey or at any other time.
     

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