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Germanic languages like English inherit a distinction between eating (of people) and eating (of animals). German has two verbs, essen and fressen, that make precisely this distinction. To say that Er frisst es instead of Er isst es 'He eats it' is an insult, implying he's eating like an animal. English has lost the special verb, but has adapted the ...
Generally, feed is what you give to animals, while food is for people. Pets like cats and dogs enjoy an elevated status as human companions, so their meals are also called food, unlike those of the more impersonal livestock on a farm (Hence chickens have to contend with feed ... sigh).
Think of it like this... Human>>>>>>Man or Woman>>>>>Child (boy or girl) Chicken>>>>>Rooster or Hen>>>>>Chick (male:cockerel or female: pullet) Cock is another term for rooster. Not hen. This link offers a succinct explanation as well.
Properly speaking, these terms are not exclusive; for example, it is perfectly correct to describe a steer as a "castrated bull". However, "bull" is certainly not the usual term to use for a castrated bull. This is due to a process that's sometimes called "Q-based narrowing" whereby preference for a more-specific term causes avoidance of a less-specific one ...
The terms are exclusive. A bull is not a steer, nor a steer a bull; similarly for the other terms. This definition is because the different variations have different roles in agriculture; a bull is used for breeding, for example, and a capon is used for eating. So if you are speaking to a farmer or rancher, you will be regarded as speaking incorrectly, not ...
Food is the older of the two words, with feed coming into use as food for cattle only in the sixteenth century. The OED’s definition of food is ‘Any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink’ (my emphasis) and, as The English Chicken has mentioned, we still speak of dog food and cat food. Conversely, feed can be that which is consumed by ...
Technically, any time there is a name for the castrated animal apart from the male name, that is the correct name to use. You would not call a steer a bull, for example, because a bull has testicles and a steer does not. Names for castrated animals normally fall under the category of domesticated animals. Deer, for example, are not normally domesticated, ...
From the wikipedia page for the animal: The word duck comes from Old English *dūce "diver", a derivative of the verb *dūcan "to duck, bend down low as if to get under something, or dive", because of the way many species in the dabbling duck group feed by upending; compare with Dutch duiken and German tauchen "to dive". This word replaced Old English ...
Birds are on the top of the list as they have actually come to understand a specific "grammar" from certain birds; Of course, loons also have been studied and have a "vocal language" with specific meanings; I would also check out Alex the Parrot (1976-2007). He was able to communicate and speak more than 100 English words.
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