I have long wondered if there is a term for adjectives like "bovine", "ursine", "simian": words which might be used to qualify characteristics of a class of objects, for example:
... with a focus on the role it plays in bovine physiology and health. (Context)
The behaviour change suggests that global warming is responsible for this revolution in ursine behaviour. (Context)
Most of the examples I can think of for this are animal-related; as I don't know the term for this, I don't know if there are different animal-specific and non-animal-specific terms for such a word.
A collateral adjective is an adjective that is identified with a particular noun in meaning, but that is not derived from that noun.
An example of where this does not fit is "human": "human physiology", "human behaviour" would be equally correct in the quotes above. This is clearly derived from the noun (if you count being the same as derivation, of course).
An example of which does not relate to animals (and also where the adjective derives from the noun) would be:
Rock 'n' roll music further encouraged unrestrained behavior that was so different from British sensibilities of self-control (Context)
Can anybody suggest an the correct term for such adjectives?