Name That Animal: Challenge #4



What would you name this fantastic creature?

I thought a Name That Animal Challenge would be a fun way to commemorate my 100th blog post!

Pretend that you are a scientist and you have just discovered this new animal and you have the privilege of naming this unusual species. Scientists usually name new species by using Greek or/and Latin roots because the prefixes, stems, and suffixes are just like building blocks that you can utilize in countless ways.

Your challenge is to name the unique animal in the picture above using your knowledge of Greek and Latin roots. Keep in mind that you can use characteristics like size, color, or shape to name the animal. Feel free to search my blog to find root words to help you or use the list below.


hippo-, -hippus                             horse

cerat                                                   horn

morph                                               form, shape

cephal                                               head


equi-, -equus                                 horse

corp                                                   body

ungul-, ungula                              hoof


I came up with biceratohippus or two horned horse. The letter “o” is the most common way to link Greek roots, while the letter “i” is used to link Latin roots. However, you can do whatever you like and have fun!

If you enjoyed this activity,  try  Name That Animal Challenge #1, Name That Animal Challenge #2,  and Name That Animal Challenge #3.


Hi everyone! I’ve created a new page on my blog called “Books To Explore.”  On this page, you’ll find a list of some of my favorite books. Since reading is a wonderful way to discover words, I thought this would be a great addition to my blog. Let me know what you think!


Sicca syndrome

Sicca syndrome results in xerophthalmia and xerostomia. (Image from

Throughout this summer, let’s continue to explore medical words since they are a rich source of roots. Sicca syndrome is a condition in which the body exhibits signs and symptoms of extreme dryness because of abnormalities which occur with various glands.

The most common cause of Sicca syndrome is the autoimmune disease called *Sjogren’s (shōgrən) syndrome. Certain drugs, prior radiation therapy to the head, and hepatitis have also caused this syndrome.

Sicca (sikə) comes from the Latin word siccus, meaning dry. However, many symptoms are described by Greek roots. For example, patients can have xerostomia (zirəˈstōmēə) and xerophthalmia (ziˌräfˈthalmēə). The Greek root xero– means dry. The Greek roots stoma and ophthalmo mean mouth and eye respectively. Xerophthalmia  means “dry eyes” and xerostomia means “dry mouth.”

*after H.S.C. Sjögren, Swedish ophthalmologist