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Re: Icelandic dinosaur names

In Chinese, too, every genus and species name is translated/recreated.

 Seildýr (Chordata)

Like TMK, I'm sure that dýr means "animals". The rest must then be a translation of _chorda_... and indeed, _Seil_ means "rope" in German.

BTW, German-speaking hunters reportedly restrict _Tier_ to "adult female red deer (*Cervus elaphus*)". That's particularly interesting because, while they have lots and lots of technical terms that nobody else uses, most of them are just poetic metaphors, for instance a hare's tail is called "flower".