The Twi Names of Some Animals (Mmoa)

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Hi, welcome back to the Twi vocabulary course. In our last lesson, we learned about Numbers | How to count in Twi. I do hope your practice with the numbers is going well.

In today’s lesson, we are going to learn the Twi names of some animals. I certainly cannot give the Twi names of all the animals there are but I’ll try to list as many as I can. If you have extra vocabulary regarding animal names, you may contribute by leaving them in the comments section below the post.

Let’s begin.

Twi Names of Some Animals

TwiEnglish
ɔkra/agyinamoacat
ɔkramandog
kraman bedeɛbitch
akuramouse
koterɛlizard
tɛteaant
nhohoared ant
hahinisoldier ant
ntutummɛlocust
kotokuroduwasp
wowabee
apɔnkye/abirekyiegoat
odwansheep
odwanniniram
odwan bedeɛewe
nantwiecattle
nantwie bedeɛcow
nantwininibull
nantwie bacalf
mfɔteɛ/nkankatermite
adoemonkey
ɔsonoelephant
adankorabbit
pɔnkɔhorse
afunumudonkey
huruiɛtsetsefly
gyatalion
ɔsebɔtiger
etwie/ɔsebɔleopard
afofantɔbutterfly
akranteɛgrasscutter
okusierat
edwielice
akokromfipraying mantis
bonsuwhale
oboodedeshark
kɔtɔkɔporcupine
apɛsɛbrush-tailed porcupine
ntontommosquito
anansespider
abɛbɛgrasshopper
sommorɔtick
nsonkuronsuobedbug
opurosquirrel
opurohemaaforest squirrel
amoakuaground squirrel
ɔmampammonitor lizard
ɔforoteɛdeer
adowaantelope
susonohippopotamus
ɔwɔsnake
ɔweapotto (tree bear)
nkranedriver ants
prakopig
prakoniniboar
prako bedeɛsow
ɔdɛnkyɛmcrocodile
pataku; ofuihyena
apanbat
nankwaasereflying fox
aprawapangolin
ɔwansanebushbuck
kankanecivet
sakramanjackal
oyoyoeel
pɔnkɔ bafoal
trɔmobongo
ɔbankuo/amankuobeetle
tɛfrɛcockroach
nwansenahousefly
ɛkoɔbuffalo
sonsonoearthworm
nyanyankyerɛscorpion
anomaa/ntakraboabird
akokɔfowl (cock/hen)
akokɔ bedeɛhen
akokɔninicock
ɔkɔdeɛeagle
akɔmfɛmguinea fowl
pɛtɛ/kɔkɔsakyivulture
anene/kwaakwaadabicrow
yomacamel
kɔtɔcrab
kankabimillipede
sakasakacentipede
akyekyedeɛtortoise
katakyirecricket
akorɔmahawk
abosomakoterɛchameleon
sisirebear
dabodaboduck
nankaboa
patuoowl

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43 thoughts on “The Twi Names of Some Animals (Mmoa)”

  1. Oo nice lesson, so many names of animals.. but first I have to translate for myself.. I don’t know half of them on English, lol

    1. Hi Yinzebil, we call it ‘kɔkɔhwedeɛ’ in Twi. Unfortunately, I don’t know how it’s called in English. I’ll ask around and let you know if something comes up. Thanks

    1. Hi Baffour, ‘akokɔ’ is ‘a fowl’ and ‘wedeɛ’ is ‘skin’. So, if you really mean ‘akokɔ wedeɛ’, then it’s ‘the skin of a fowl’. If, on the other hand, you meant ‘akokɔ bedeɛ’, then it’s simply ‘a hen’.

  2. Lovely lesson! I was quite surprised to learn that there was a Twi word for civet! I was taught in primary school that the Twi word for monkey is ɔkwakuo. Is that correct? Also would a male dog be called an ɔkramannini, a male cat an angyinamoanini and a female cat an agyinamoa bedeɛ? What is the Twi word for a weaver bird?

  3. This is a nice compilation you have made. But the animals you have to put in context are animals that are found in Africa and so they were able to be named by our ancestors. I think some would need a Little tweaking like:
    Ɔmampam- monitor lizard
    Sakraman- jackal
    Apɛsɛ- brush-tailed porcupine

    1. Lol, I understand why you think so Richard. But that is actually the correct spelling; what you spelt (adwe) is “(palm) kernel”. Thank you very much for the contribution.

  4. Socatsi Gabriella

    Please may I know the english name for the animal Akorɔmma. Thanks for the others anyways they are very helpful

  5. Michael Duku Amoako

    I am so impressed by your work, I gave up on Twi because not many resources existed, but your work is giving me hope again, kudos to you for the amazing work you are doing.

  6. WILLIAM SMITH-MENSAH

    some corrections to think about..
    nanka is Boa constrictor (but collectively used to refer to large constricting snakes such as pythons). theres an old saying that goes “menfa nanka enye kahyire” thats because boas and pythons are thick and colured in a way to be easily confused as a kahyire.
    the boa constrictor or jamaican boa is known locally (in jamaica) as nanka. steming from the akan slaves to found themselves in that region there centuries ago.
    and also Adders are rare sightings in west africa..almost nil.. so its highly unlikely nanka
    translates to adder…

    ANOTHER ONE….another name for tiger for tiger is kootwiamansa

    1. Oh wow, thank you very much William. This is very good information and I’ll update the list right away. It’s quite difficult sometimes getting the actual English names of some of the more specific Twi vocabulary we have, as is the other way around. This is the first time I’m hearing “boa” as an English term. I did a google search of it and it sure is the snake I know here as “nanka”. Medaase pii.

      Regarding “kootwiamansa” for the tiger, yes. Most animals have more than a single Twi name, and tigers aren’t exception. However, unlike “ɔkra” and “agyinamoa” for cat, “apɔnkye” and “abirekyie” for a goat, etc, I believe “kootwiamansa” is more appellatory in nature.

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