How to play: Think of a word or something language-related. Give us some clues. If someone guesses it correctly, they go next. Any kinks can be ironed out as they turn up. Some handy links to get everyone started: http://www.etymonline.com/ http://www.onelook.com/ http://starling.rinet.ru/cgi-bin/main.cgi?flags=eygnnnl http://www.ethnologue.com/family_index.asp http://cf.linguistlist.org/cfdocs/new-website/LL-WorkingDirs/langres/index.html _____ This English noun made it's way over from India. It refers to a mammal but sounds half-bird, which might explain why its plural is sometimes irregular. _____ P.S. If anyone has any questions about languages or linguistics along the way, please ask. Please! I don't get to talk to others about that kind of stuff enough!