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  5. "Hirvi on suuri eläin."

"Hirvi on suuri eläin."

Translation:The moose is a large animal.

July 6, 2020



In Europe we would rather call that animal an elk.


Did you that an Elk is also a hirvi?


Hirvi=elk, I think moose is an American elk


It is interesting that elk and moose and translated the same, because those are different animals and they both are present in USA, actually, and both words are used therefore. https://bearwitnessjacksonhole.com/difference-moose-elk/


To my understanding, the Finnish word "hirvi" means the species named Alces alces (https://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hirvi).

The common name of Alces alces, however, is "moose" in American English, but "elk" in British English (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moose).

In American English, "elk" refers to another species Cervus canadensis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elk).

And the Finnish word for Cervus canadensis is "vapiti" (https://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vapiti).

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