Glossary of Terms
Posted by lisagbrown on September 3, 2007
When we speak about animals, we use a distinct and complicated vocabulary that can become confusing when not properly defined. Some commonly used words may have colloquial meanings that differ slightly from the words used in the field of human-animal studies. Other words are so uncommon that even people within the field have alternative understandings of their definition. What follows is a list of critical concepts and terms that appear in discussions about people, animals and nature. You have the choice of viewing the list by topic or alphabetically. Over time I will develop more comprehensive explanations of these key concepts, but for now, short definitions should suffice. You can use these guides as a reference when reading postings to this site, or any writings about people, animals and nature.