Im confused as to how it can mean both climb AND crawl... these are completely different actions...
Are they so different?
They both involve moving on your hands and knees -- just that one is on a horizontal surface, the other on a vertical.
Consider a lizard crawling along the ground or climbing up a tree -- the motion is pretty similar.
But imagine the creature isn't one that walks by crawling... a goat would not crawl up a mountain, it would climb up it. I climb a ladder, and that is not on my hands and knees. The English dictionary says: Crawl - Move forward on the hands and knees or by dragging the body close to the ground. Climb - Go or come up a (slope or staircase); ascend They seem pretty different to me! This makes me ask the question: is the use of this word in Hungarian different to my understanding of it in English?
The google image search for mászik gives an interesting mix of hard core climbers and babies :D