Names of Animals in Dagbani Language

Names of Animals in Dagbani Language

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The environment is made up of everything around us. That is, living and non-living. Among the living, animals play essential roles in man’s life. These include food, transport, symbolism, security, medicinal purposes etc. Every ethnic group (language) has their specific names of animals. Here are some examples from Dagbamba (Dagombas) ;

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The Table below is list of Names of Animals In Dagbani Language.

Name In DagbaniGroupName In English Image
Noo
Plural - Nɔhi
Male- Nolɔɣu
Female- No'nyaŋ
Domestic animals - Yiŋ binkɔbiriFowl
Dagbani Animal Names - fowl Name in Dagbani
Nɔhi (Fowls)
Bua
Plural- buhi
Male- bulaa
Female- bu'nyaŋ
Domestic animals - Yiŋ binkɔbiriGoat
Dagbani Animal Names - Goat Name in Dagbani - Goat- Bua Plural- buhi Male- bulaa Female- bu'nyaŋ
Bulaa - Billy Goat
Piɛɣu
Plural - piɛri
Male- piɛlaa
Female- piɛ'nyaŋ
Domestic animals - Yiŋ binkɔbiriSheep
Dagbani Animal Names - Sheep Name in Dagbani - Sheep- piɛɣu Plural - piɛri Male- piɛlaa Female- piɛ'nyaŋ
Piɛlaa - Ram
Nahu
Plural - Niɣi
Male- Naɣ'laa
Female- Naɣ' nyaŋ
Domestic animals - Yiŋ binkɔbiri
Cow
Dagbani Animal Names - cow Name in Dagbani - Cow- Nahu Plural - Niɣi Male- Naɣ'laa Female- Naɣ' nyaŋ
Cow - Nahu
Jɛnkuno
Plural- jɛnkunti
Male- jɛnkun lɔɣu
Female- jɛnkun nyaŋ
Domestic animals - Yiŋ binkɔbiriCat
Dagbani Animal Names - Cat Name in Dagbani - Cat- jɛnkuno Plural- jɛnkunti Male- jɛnkun lɔɣu Female- jɛnkun nyaŋ
Cat - Jɛnkuno
Baa
Plural- bahi
Male - ba' laa
Female- ba' nyaŋ
Domestic animals - Yiŋ binkɔbiriDog
Dagbani Animal Names - Dog Name in Dagbani - Dog - baa Plural- bahi Male - ba' laa Female- ba' nyaŋ
Dog - Baa
Buŋa
Plural - Bunsi
Male- Bundaa
Female- Buŋ nyaŋ
Domestic animals - Yiŋ binkɔbiriDonkey
Dagbani Animal Names - Donkey Name in Dagbani Donkey - buŋa Plural - Bunsi Male- Bundaa Female- Buŋ nyaŋ
Donkey - buŋa
Gbuɣinli
Plural - Gbuɣima
Male- Gbuɣindaa
Female- Gbuɣin nyaŋ
Bush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)
Lion
Dagbani Animal Names - lion Name in Dagbani  Lion - Gbuɣinli Plural - Gbuɣima Male- Gbuɣindaa Female- Gbuɣin nyaŋ
Gbuɣindaa - Male Lion
Jɛngbuni
Plural - Jɛngbuna
Male- Jɛngbun lɔɣu
Female- Jɛngbun nyaŋ
Bush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)
Leopard/ Cheetah
Dagbani Animal Names - Leopard Name in Dagbani - Leopard/ tiger - Jɛngbuni Plural - Jɛngbuna Male- Jɛngbun lɔɣu Female- Jɛngbun nyaŋ
Jɛngbuni - Leopard
Wɔbigu
Plural - wɔbiri
Male- wɔbilaa
Female- wɔbi nyaŋ
Bush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)
Elephant
Dagbani Animal Names -  Elephant Name in Dagbani  Plural - wɔbiri Male- wɔbilaa Female- wɔbi nyaŋ
Elephant - Wɔbigu
Tiŋbuŋ
Plural- timbuna
Male- tiŋbuŋ lɔɣu
Female - tiŋbuŋ nyaŋ
Bush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)
Aardvark
Dagbani Animal Names -  AardvarkName in Dagbani  Plural- timbuna Male- tiŋbuŋ lɔɣu Female - tiŋbuŋ nyaŋ
Aardvark - Tiŋbuŋ
Kparili
Plural - kpara
Male - kpari dɔɣu
Female- kparinyaŋ
Bush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)
Baboon
Dagbani Animal Names -  BABOON Name in Dagbani - Baboon - kparili Plural - kpara Male - kpari dɔɣu Female- kparinyaŋ
Baboon - kparili
Dayuɣu
Plural- Dayuri
Male- Dayu'lɔɣu
Female- Dayu nyaŋ
Bush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)
Bandicoot
Dagbani Animal Names -  Bandicoot Name in Dagbani - Bandicoot - Dayuɣu Plural- Dayuri Male- Dayu'lɔɣu Female- Dayu nyaŋ
Bandicoot - Dayuɣu
Bat- Zɔŋa
Plural - Zɔna
Male- Zɔŋ lɔɣu
Female- Zɔŋ nyaŋ
Bush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)
Bat
Dagbani Animal Names -  Bat Name in Dagbani - Bat- Zɔŋa Plural - Zɔna Male- Zɔŋ lɔɣu Female- Zɔŋ nyaŋ
Bat- Zɔŋa
Buffalo - Yonahu
Plural - Yoniɣi
Male- yonaɣilaa
Female- Yonaɣ' nyaŋ
Bush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)
Buffalo
Dagbani Animal Names -  Buffalo Name in Dagbani - Buffalo - Yonahu Plural - Yoniɣi Male- yonaɣilaa Female- Yonaɣ' nyaŋ
Buffalo - Yonahu
Bush buck- Sankpaluŋ
Plural - Sankpalima
Male- Sankpaluŋ lɔɣu
Female- Sankpaluŋ nyaŋ
Bush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)
Bush buck
Dagbani Animal Names -  Bush buck Name in Dagbani - Bush buck- Sankpaluŋ Plural - Sankpalima Male- Sankpaluŋ lɔɣu Female- Sankpaluŋ nyaŋ
Bush buck - Sankpaluŋ
Fox - ŋɔɣu
Plural- ŋɔri
Male- ŋɔlɔɣu
Female- ŋɔnyaŋ
Bush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)
Fox
Dagbani Animal Names -  Fox  Name in Dagbani - Fox - ŋɔɣu Plural- ŋɔri Male- ŋɔlɔɣu Female- ŋɔnyaŋ
Fox - ŋɔɣu
Hyena - Kunduŋ
Plural - kunduna
Male- kundun lɔɣu
Female- Kunduŋ nyaŋ
Bush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)
Hyena
Dagbani Animal Names -  Hyena Name in Dagbani - Hyena - Kunduŋ Plural - kunduna Male- kundun lɔɣu Female- Kunduŋ nyaŋ
Hyena - Kunduna
Mulfu
Plural - muya
Male- mulfu lɔɣu
Female- mulfu nyaŋ
Bush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)
Gazelle
Dagbani Animal Names -  Gazelle Name in Dagbani -Gazelle - Mulfu Plural - muya Male- mulfu lɔɣu Female- mulfu nyaŋ
Gazelle - Mulfu
ŋɔŋli
Plural- ŋɔŋa
Male- ŋɔŋshi laa
Female- ŋɔŋ nyaŋ
Bush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)Grass cutter
Dagbani Animal Names -  Grass cutter Name in Dagbani -Grass cutter - ŋɔŋli Plural- ŋɔŋa Male- ŋɔŋshi laa Female- ŋɔŋ nyaŋ
Grass cutter - ŋɔŋli
Laringa
Plural- Larinsi
Male- lariŋ lɔɣu
Female- lariŋ nyaŋ
Bush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)Squirrel
Names -  Squirrel  Name in Dagbani -Squirrel - Laringa Plural- Larinsi Male- lariŋ lɔɣu Female- lariŋ nyaŋ
Squirrel - Laringa
Sibiga
Plural - Sibisi
Male- Sibi dibiga
Female- Sibi nyaŋ
Bush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)Hartebeest
Dagbani Animal Names -  Hartebeest Name in Dagbani - Sibiga Plural - Sibisi Male- Sibi dibiga Female- Sibi nyaŋ
Hartebeest - Sibiga
Hedgehog - Yuɣimpɛni
Plural - yuɣimpɛna
Male- Yuɣimpɛn lɔɣu
Female- Yuɣimpɛn nyaŋ
Bush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)Hedgehog
Dagbani Animal Names -  Hippopotamus Name in Dagbani -Hippopotamus - ŋamli Plural - ŋama Male- ŋandaa Female- ŋan nyaŋ
Hippopotamus - ŋamli
Dagbani Animal Names -  Hedgehog Name in Dagbani -Hedgehog - Yuɣimpɛni Plural - yuɣimpɛna Male- Yuɣimpɛn lɔɣu Female- Yuɣimpɛn nyaŋ
Hedgehog - Yuɣimpɛni
ŋamli
Plural - ŋama
Male- ŋandaa
Female- ŋan nyaŋ
Bush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)Hippopotamus
Dagbani Animal Names - Hippopotamus Name in Dagbani -Hippopotamus - ŋamli Plural - ŋama Male- ŋandaa Female- ŋan nyaŋ
Hippopotamus - ŋamli
Yɔbua
Plural- yɔbuhi
Male- yɔbu laa
Female- yɔbu nyaŋ
Bush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)Ibex
Dagbani Animal Names -  Ibex Name in Dagbani -Ibex - Yɔbua Plural- yɔbuhi Male- yɔbu laa Female- yɔbu nyaŋ
Ibex - Yɔbua
Yɔbaa
Plural- yɔbahi
Male- yɔba lɔɣu
Female- yɔba nyaŋ
Bush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)Jackal
Dagbani Animal Names -  Jackal - Name in Dagbani Jackal- yɔbaa Plural- yɔbahi Male- yɔba lɔɣu Female- yɔba nyaŋ
Jackal- yɔbaa
Vulugu
Plural Vulisi
Male- vuli dibiga
Female- Vulidibisi
Bush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)Red Buck
Dagbani Animal Names -  Reed Buck - Name in Dagbani  Reed Buck- Vulugu  Plural Vulisi Male- vuli dibiga Female- Vulidibisi
Reed Buck- Vulugu
Nantariga
Plural- Nantarisi
Male- Nantari lɔɣu
Female- Nantari nyaŋ
Bush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)Mole
Dagbani Animal Names -  Mole - Name in Dagbani - Mole - Nantariga Plural- Nantarisi Male- Nantari lɔɣu Female- Nantari nyaŋ
Mole- Nantariga
KantamparimBush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)Rhinoceros
Dagbani Animal Names -  Rhinoceros Name in Dagbani  Kantamparim
Rhinoceros - Kantamparim
KɔɣuBush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)Zebra
Dagbani Animal Names Zebra Name in Dagbani  Kɔɣu
Kɔɣu- zebra
DeeBush Animals - Mɔɣuni binkɔbiri ( Valisi)Warthog
Dagbani Animal Names - Dagbanli - Dee  English Warthog
Warthog - Dee

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