Just got the question: Un chien et une chienne. Does this apply to all animals? Or only pets?
Does the equivalent apply to all animals? Is there a masculine and feminine version of "araignée"? Or are only pets considered to be "boy" animals and "girl" animals?
araignée is a feminine noun, and there is not a different form of the word that is used when refering to a male araignée
There are also many other animals that are the same as this - that there is only a masculine or a feminine form.
There are not many of these in relation to animals, however there are a few.
for dog: (male or female) chien (ne) m f
for cat: (male or female) chat (te) m f
for donkey: (male or female) âne (sse) m f
for duck: (m) canard ; (f) cane
for rabbit: (male or female) lapin (e) m f
for wolf: (m) loup ; (f) louve
for lion: (male or female) lion (ne) m f
for bear: (male or female) ours (e) m f
This is similar to proffessions and nationalities for people.
Thank you for asking this question.
I will put it in my homework pile to write more about this. For it is a very interesting topic (for me).