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Dark Matter of the English Language—the unwords

Words are easy, like the wind;
Faithful friends are hard to find.
—William Shakespeare

unanimals

Critters that definitely don't exist but, perhaps, should.

The backal is probably a feisty biter while the cakmiran probably has a quizzical look. And I would completely avoid the fangol—he sounds like trouble.

A great exercise for kids and the comedic-at-heart would be to try to draw some of these. What would a gakrin look like? Or a gorderish?

Below are the alphabetically first 4–10 letter single-word unanimals for each letter. In some cases, no names of a given length were generated for a given letter.

1 · Short unanimals — 4–10 letters

Some people keep a mard as a pet, but I wouldn't recommend it.

— 4 —
aytt
bebe
bick
caen
calb
dalh
dlol
fibl
file
galg
gaon
haen
hale
ilpa
jang
kall
laot
laro
mard
mean
naal
neat
orot
oton
pate
peof
qaid
radc
ranl
saol
shal
tial
walr
weil
— 5 —
acter
alome
boloo
brata
cabal
capir
dacwo
daxol
fimat
fogon
gatey
geass
haore
heisa
ihire
kardo
kouse
lalpy
lante
malbe
morci
nlreg
nriwe
oacda
omita
paric
ponga
radka
ramep
saage
saako
teart
ufuse
wease
weatl
— 6 —
acukoe
agtalt
backal
banher
caidat
calepe
dearle
dolpin
eyrita
fangol
gafala
gakrin
haamet
hadnel
iykile
jacang
kagcet
kurdot
lalper
largoz
mamket
mander
narnla
oammim
ooceat
palyus
patble
rarman
ravlil
seaise
seikol
tarbaa
tonele
usrenl
valiss
waatir
whagit
— 7 —
amreron
apunaed
baadber
balsidd
cadtole
calfasf
daldaug
dalfiso
eolgeal
eomrarf
fondard
gallish
gamymly
hankrer
hokloru
itarato
jatfish
jatwoss
kaister
lamushe
leittoy
madarle
malfash
narddco
nhucasf
oncigut
ootfoto
pakline
parcata
qicsoor
raacbor
raipins
sablrod
sabrilr
tenlrit
tonmede
vansoar
vatkifh
waldfil
walslil
— 8 —
anlonfow
arnbwict
baieslel
barnnkor
caeffuse
cakmiran
disteale
erhadiol
geepbuwl
golshowo
halalale
hocscist
loicpalt
lruzgind
mannforl
marppuse
obberose
oosgerle
pandleie
perphist
raaldope
ragprerd
saelling
saistiet
tolrfish
valcunle
wadmfish
wasshail
— 9 —
anlfilher
beigartal
cacdockud
cagccride
gardefand
gorderish
ipilfoyor
keosildor
laechinee
lhallaeye
malpandie
maltreuge
okrerblon
pallanmer
penrhapor
shipopish
shorgeone
ugoflifes
waadarall
waamesder

2 · Medium and long unanimals — 11+ letters

While the qoarrorule is thought to be extinct, some still hold out hope.

— 10 —
asdrosquod
cackemorel
canzlitbar
gaotemtirh
gorofoshew
hirkaflarl
honkerfosh
mapobanadl
moalarfesg
nearretlee
qoarrorule
raccistech
sancockese
sealdhicnh
waagelidhe
weendefish
— 11 —
condlidilin
cotarleweer
galafonllar
geatingtink
rellswobgry
soridioatar
wolfendelad
— 12 —
meoloefianhe
povasderelin
sheitarchane
spomisfesler
— 13 —
manmelfenfden
muntueterriwk
— 16 —
carbeplelerentek
— 19 —
sreeinluseurorolhis

3 · Unanimals with common suffixes

Here are all some lists with common suffixes in words relating to animals.

The coocher is cute but I wouldn't want to pick it up. On the other hand, the kouse, though small for its size attracts its mate with a powerful scent.

—ail
wasshail
—ant
guhfant
—ard
fondard
mard
—ese
carmese
sancockese
—her
anlfilher
banher
coocher
lorsher
wher
—ile
cragiile
file
gile
halile
iykile
weadnrile
—ine
pakline
—ing
gearing
meldfing
saelling
—ish
camfish
gallish
gawlish
gohfish
gorderish
gurrish
jatfish
mipkish
polmish
shipopish
slarmish
soulfish
tolrfish
wadmfish
wamfish
weendefish
—ock
wock
—ole
cadtole
cole
rorole
wurkole
—oon
cuysoon
—ose
obberose
pogose
pose
—ouse
kouse
—per
lalper
—rel
cackemorel
condterel
—ter
acter
kaister
—tle
rotle
—use
bampuse
caeffuse
kouse
marppuse
ufuse

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