Urdu: Names of Animals and Fruit

Discussion in 'Indo-Iranian Languages' started by Qureshpor, Feb 16, 2011.

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  1. Qureshpor Senior Member

    Punjabi, Urdu پنجابی، اردو
    In English one has pairs of words which are related but carry a different meaning.

    Turtle/Tortoise

    Hare/Rabbit

    Rat/Mouse

    Lemon/Lime

    As far as I know Urdu words are, in the order above:

    kachhu'aa

    Khargosh

    chuuhaa

    liimuuN

    Is it possible to be any more precise?
     
  2. lcfatima Senior Member

    In a teapot
    English USA
    Perhaps these words can be broken up into seperate posts?

    About lemon/lime: Is liimuun the (Arabic) term of a high Urdu register? Aren't nimbu, limbu, liimu, niimu used by Hindi/Urdu speakers of various dialects?

    Are there true lemons (by botanical classification) in the subcontinent? Those small yellow-green desi citrus are limes, right?
     
  3. kingkhan1 New Member

    English
    The following site has 21 fruits listed in both English and Urdu.
    They include apple, banana lemon and limes.

    urdu-english.com/lessons/beginner/fruits.php
     
  4. marrish

    marrish Senior Member

    اُردو Urdu
    The site looks very pleasant to the eyes but alas! it is not so trustworthy! A lime = چونا chuunaa!!!
     
  5. Qureshpor Senior Member

    Punjabi, Urdu پنجابی، اردو
    And the person typing must have had a strong cold with a blocked nose because he/she thinks that a peach is an aaRuuN!

    The lime is green = yih chuunaa niilaa hai!
     
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2013
  6. marrish

    marrish Senior Member

    اُردو Urdu
    Or even aaR-ruuN! yih chuunaa niilaa hai, also some issue with eyes, not only nose!
     
  7. Wolverine9 Senior Member

    American English
    It is interesting that English differentiates between those closely related species but Urdu doesn't. Maybe the subcontinent only had one of those pairs of species while Europe had both.

    Also:
    This was my impression, too.
     
  8. cherine

    cherine Moderator

    Alexandria, Egypt
    Arabic (Egypt).
    Moderator note,

    I'm afraid this multi-topic thread has passed unnoticed when it was first posted. But we still have to close it.
    Please feel free to open a new thread for any of the words you deem worthy of discussion. Or, if you want, use the report feature to let us know if you prefer to have some of the posts split. (Maybe the ones about lime?)
     
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