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Which mammal is alphabetically last?

Postby skullturfq » Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:59 am

I follow Scrabble on Facebook, and in my news feed I saw the following question:

"Aardvark" is alphabetically first among words in the official Scrabble dictionary that are names of mammals. Which mammal in the dictionary is alphabetically last?

In fact, I don't know the correct answer without looking it up. There are some obscure and not-so-obscure mammals whose names start with Z, and I thought people here might find it interesting to try to think of alphabetically "late" mammals that appear in certain dictionaries.
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Postby marpocky » Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:55 pm

Well I know it's not zebra, as I can think of one that comes after (relatively well-known among the types that would frequent this forum, I'd think), but I'm not certain that's the last one.

EDIT: Do hybrids count?
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Postby ArtVark » Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:28 pm

I'm guessing Zebu is the last mammal. I think that the last animal is a beetle.
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Postby Paucle » Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:35 am

I'm like a rainman when it comes to animals, and the latest in the alphabet I can think of is a skunk-like animal called a zoril.
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Postby marpocky » Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:57 am

Paucle wrote:I'm like a rainman when it comes to animals, and the latest in the alphabet I can think of is a skunk-like animal called a zoril.


Zorse comes later, if hybrids can be used.
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Postby skullturfq » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:27 pm

Apparently

"zorse" does not appear in Merriam-Webster's Official SCRABBLE® Players Dictionary, 4th Edition.

So perhaps "zoril" is the champion. It apparently also has some alternate spellings such as "zorilla" and "zorille" which technically would come later in the alphabet.
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Postby marpocky » Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:59 pm

skullturfq wrote:zorilla


Now THERE's a hybrid.
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Postby Sequin » Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:26 am

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Postby Ken Jennings » Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:27 pm

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Postby claire » Tue Apr 10, 2012 7:41 pm

Wonderful question! I guess Zebu is the last mammal.
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Postby Sequin » Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:11 am

claire wrote:Wonderful question! I guess Zebu is the last mammal.


Not even close - Zorilla ( a mustellid) and Zorro (a canid) both beat it
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