Tarzan of the Apes | Study Guide

Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Tarzan of the Apes | Language of the Apes


ara: lightning. Tarzan thinks of ara as a person or animal, not a thing. He also uses this word to describe fire.

bara: deer. Deer are prey for Tarzan and the apes.

bolgani: gorilla. The narrator uses the word in lieu of a proper name for the enormous gorilla that nearly kills 10-year-old Tarzan when the boy steps away from the Claytons' cabin.

dango: hyena. Tarzan calls hyenas "robbers of the jungle." He buries his kills so the hyenas can't steal the leftover meat.

histah: snake. As a child, Tarzan is ashamed of his hairless body because it reminds him of a snake.

horta: boar. Tarzan is shocked to see Kulonga cooking a boar over a fire before eating it.

manu: monkey. The jungle monkeys are known for destroying all the food they are too full to eat. Tarzan teaches his ape tribe to do the opposite.

pamba: rat. Tarzan notices the face of the mutinous sailor Snipes looks like that of a jungle rat.

pisah: fish. Tarzan and the apes catch fish with their hands.

sabor: lion. When the narrator uses this word, it usually refers to one particular lioness. Tarzan eventually kills her.

sheeta: leopard. In the jungle, the leopards are the only animals who torture their prey.

tantor: elephant. The elephants are Tarzan's only non-ape friends in the jungle. He is known to ride on their backs at night.

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