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KABARAGOYA

The Kabaragoya (Varanus salvator) or Malayan Monitor, is a large monitor lizard found in south-east Asia growing to a length of about three meters.
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KABARDIN

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The Kabardin is a Russian breed of mountain horse developed during the 16th century in the mountainous region of the Northern Caucasus. The Kabardin stands between 15 and 15.2 hands high and is bay or black in colour. The Kabardin is renowned for its ability to find its way home, and is a sure-footed and often used without shoes, but is unable to gallop.
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KAIMIA

Kaimia is a genus of North American shrubs, with showy cup-shaped rose or purple flowers disposed in corymbs, and belonging to the natural order Ericaceae, or heaths. The Kaimia latifolia, commonly called mountain laurel or calico bush, much valued in European gardens for its flowers and foliage, has its home in the Alleghany Mountains. Its trunk sometimes attains a diameter of three inches; the wood is very hard, closely resembling box.
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KAKA

The Kaka (Nestor meridionalis) is a New Zealand parrot, of a dusky colour, which feeds on fruits, insects, etc, and is semi-nocturnal in habits.
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KALANCHOE

Kalanchoe is a genus of varying succulent evergreen plants, ranging from shrubs to small trees from southern Africa and Madagascar that thrive in hot, dry climates. Some species are popular as houseplants in Britain, with Kalanchoe blossfeldiana (Flaming Katy, Tom Thumb) being a waxy-leafed, red, yellow or pink flowering popular variety growing to about 28 cm high.
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KALE

Kale (or borecole) is a type of cabbage which doesn't have a 'heat'.
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KALMIA

Kalmia is a genus of hardy evergreen American shrubs belonging to the family Ericaceae. The flowers are showy, usually white or pink in colour, more or less bell-shaped, and arranged in terminal cymes.
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KALOPANAX

Kalopanax is a genus of far-eastern deciduous, hairy or spiny trees native to China, Japan and Korea. The genus includes the Prickly Castor Oil Tree.
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KANGAROO

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Kangaroo is the popular name of any marsupial of the family Macropodidae found in Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea.

Kangaroos were first made known to Europe by Captain Cook. The most noticeable feature about the kangaroo is the disproportion between the upper and lower parts of the body. The head is small, deer-like in shape, with large ears; the forelegs small and five-toed; the hindlegs very large and powerful, with four toes only on the feet. The tail is long, thick at the base, and helps to support the animal when sitting erect, the usual posture when not feeding; it also assists the hind-legs in their long leaps (from 10 to 15 feet). The young are born very immature, and protected and nourished for about eight months in the marsupium, or pouch, into which the nipples of the mammary glands open.

Kangaroos are plant-eaters (herbivores) and most live in groups. Most are nocturnal. Species vary from small rat kangaroos, only 30 centimetres long, through the medium-sized wallabies, to the large red and great grey kangaroos, which are the largest living marsupials. These may be 1.8 metres long with 1.1 metres tails. In New Guinea and North Queensland, tree kangaroos (Dendrolagus) occur. These have comparatively short hind limbs.

The great grey kangaroo Macropus giganteus produces a single young (called a 'Joey') about two centimetres long after a very short gestation, usually in early summer.

The rat kangaroo (Hypsiprymnus), is a diminutive species of the kangaroo family, differing from the kangaroo proper in possessing canine teeth in the upper jaw and their food, which chiefly consists of roots.
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KANGAROO APPLE

The kangaroo apple (Solanum laciniatum) is a plant of the potato genus, belonging to Australasia and South America, with an edible fruit.
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KANGAROO GRASS

Kangaroo Grass (Anthistiria australis), a tall and valuable fodder-grass of Australia, much liked by cattle.
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KARABAIR

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The Karabair is an old Uzbek breed of horse developed through a mix of Arab and Mongol horses. The Karabair stands between 14.2 and 15 hands high and is mostly grey, chestnut or brown in colour. A fast, and courageous breed, the Karabair is used for riding and driving as well as to play the fast and violent Uzbek game of Kokpar.
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KARABAKH

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The Karabakh is an Azerbaijan breed of mountain horse, well adapted to harsh environments. The Karabakh stands between 14 and 15 hands high and is chestnut, bay or dun in colour. A calm, willing, and energetic breed, the Karabakh makes good riding horses and is often used to improve other breeds.
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KASHKAR

The Kashkar (Ovis Polii), is a large species of sheep inhabiting the lofty plateaus of Central Asia. The male has very large horns bent circularly, while the female has horns resembling those of a goat.
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KATERETES

Kateretes is a genus of sap-beetle (Nitidulidae).
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KATHIAWARI

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The Kathiawari is an old breed of Indian horse that originates from the Kathiawar peninsular from where it takes its name. The Kathiawari is a small horse, standing no more than 14.3 hands high, and occurs in any colour except black. A tough and frugal breed, they have an at times unpredictable nature, and are used by the Gujerat mounted police and are also used for the game of tent-pegging.
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KATYDID

Katydid (Platyphyllum concavum), is a species of grasshopper of a pale green colour, with a body about an inch long, found in some parts of North America. It is so named from the sound of its note. This is produced by the males only - the females are silent - by the friction of the taborets in the triangular overlapping portion of each wing-cover against the other, and is strengthened by the escape of air-from the sacs of the body and can be heard as much as a quarter of a mile away on a quiet night..
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KAURI PINE

The Kauri pine is one of the dammar pine family of trees. It is found in the north island of New Zealand where it grows to 50 metres in height.
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KAZAKH PONY

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The Kazakh Pony is an ancient breed of working ponies from Kazakhstan. The
Kazakh Pony has two sub-types: the Dzhabe and the Adaev, the Adaev being slightly lighter framed and more lively than the Dzhabe. The Kazakh Pony stands 14 hands high, are short and sturdy in appearance and have a thick waterproof coat. They are not very suitable for riding, having an uncomfortable short and choppy stride.
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KEA

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The kea (Nestor notabilis), is a New Zealand bird named after the call which it delivers when in flight. It lives on the South Island in rocky mountains at high elevations.
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KEAKI

The keaki is a Japanese tree.
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KEESHOND

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The keeshond is a breed of non-sporting dog, long popular in Holland, where it was a riverboat pet and watchdog. The breed is named for a dog that in the 18th century became the symbol of the party of the middle classes in opposition to the prince of Orange. Probably of Arctic origin, the keeshond is related to the Chow Chow, Norwegian Elkhound, Pomeranian, and Samoyed. With changing political conditions and the advent of larger barges with room for larger dogs, the breed declined in popularity, but was revived in 1920. Alert and intelligent, the dog is a perfect companion. Distinctive features are the marking around the eyes and the luxurious grey and black coat that forms a lion like mane around the neck, shoulders, and chest. The hind legs and tail are also profusely covered with hair. The ideal height is 46 centimetres for males and 43 centimetres for females.
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KELPIE

The kelpie, also called the Australian kelpie, is a breed of dog developed in Australia for herding sheep. The dog may weigh more than 14 kg, and the male stands about 50 centimetres at the shoulder. The ears are erect; the short coat is usually black or black and tan. The ancestors of the kelpie include the border collie and, probably, the dingo.
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KELT

Kelt is the name given to a female Salmon which has spawned.
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KENNEDYA

Kennedya is a genus of Australian trailing or twining plants belonging to the family Leguminosae. They bear pinnate, trifoliate leaves and papilionaceous flowers dark pink in colour.
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KENNEL

Kennel is the collective noun for a group of dogs.
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KENTIA

Kentia is a genus of tropical spineless palms with terminal pinnate leaves.
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KENTISH GLORY

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Kentish Glory (Endromis versicolora) is the only moth of the family Endromidae. It has a wing span of between 50 and 65 mm and is found in the birch forests of Europe, including mountainous regions, and east across Asia to the Far East. It flies from March to May.
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KENTROSAURUS

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Kentrosaurus was a dinosaur of the Jurassic period. Kentrosaurus was quite large, 2.5 metres long, walked on all-fours and had small, flat triangular armour plates on the neck and shoulders and pairs of long spines on the back and tail. A few skeletons of Kentrosaurus were discovered in east Africa between 1909 and 1912 and these were taken to Berlin, where they were destroyed by Allied bombing during the Second World War.
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KENTUCKY BLUEGRASS

Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis), is a grass grown for fodder in the central USA.
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KENTUCKY COFFEE TREE

The Kentucky Coffee Tree (Gymnocladus dioicus) is a North American leguminous tree, the seeds of which can be used as a substitute for coffee.
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KENTUCKY WARBLER

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The Kentucky warbler (Geothlypsis formosa or Oporonis formosus) is an olive- green and yellow coloured warbler of the eastern USA.
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KERRY

The Kerry is a breed of cattle.
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KERRY BLUE TERRIER

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The Kerry Blue Terrier is an Irish breed of terrier named after County Kerry where it was developed from the Bedlington Terrier, the Irish Terrier and other breeds. The Kerry Blue Terrier stands about 46 cm tall, and is a lively and affectionate animal sometimes aggressive to other dogs.
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KESTREL

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The kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) or Windhover is a small British bird of the falcon family Falconidae. The kestrel has brown plumage that is lightly barred with black, while the head, neck and tail are bluish grey. The kestrel generally eats mice and insects, though they will sometimes take small birds and chickens. When hunting the kestrel hovers almost motionless before swooping down on its prey.
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KHAKI CAMPBELL

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The Khaki Campbell is a British breed of duck. They were developed in Britain around 1900 and are small, hardy and very prolific egg-layers.
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KHAPRA BEETLE

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The Khapra Beetle (Trogoderma granarium) is a species of beetle of the carpet beetle family (Dermestidae). It is often found in brewery malt silos.
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KHAYA

Khaya is a genus of tall trees belonging to the family Meliaceae, and closely allied to the Mahogany tree. The Khaya consist of only one or two Species. Khaya senegalensis, a native of Senegal and Gambia, yields a valuable timber resembling mahogany, and its bark is used as a fever remedy.
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KIANG

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The kiang (Equus hemionus or Asinus hemionus) kyang or dziggetai, is the largest species of wild ass. Native to Tibet it has a coat that is reddish-brown on the back and face, with a cream colour on the neck and under parts. The kiang has relatively short ears and more closely resembles a horse than most other donkeys. Its head is large like that of the ass, but in form it resembles that of the horse. The kiang runs with a rapidity exceeding that of the best Arabian horses.
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KID

A kid is a baby goat.
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KIDLING

A kidling is a small, young goat. The name was also formerly given to a small child or baby.
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KIDNEY VETCH

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Kidney vetch or Lady's fingers (Anthyllis vulneraria) is a perennial herb of the order Leguminosae. It is a native of Europe, western Asia and north Africa. Kidney vetch has a woody rootstock and numerous leafy stems. The leaves are divided into pairs of slender, rectangular leaflets, and the yellow flowers are clustered in a head. The calyx is covered with silky wool and the leaves with silky hairs.
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KIEFFER PEAR

The Kieffer pear is a disease-resistant variety of pear which was produced as a hybrid between the common pear, Pyrus communis, and the Chinese pear, Pyrus pyrifolia by the American horticulturist Peter Kieffer in the 19th century.
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KIEKIE

Kiekie (Freycinetia Banksii) is a New Zealand shrub belonging to the family Pandanaceae. It climb to a considerable height, and bears a large quantity of berries crowded on a spadix. The young spadices are made into a jelly, which has a strawberry-like flavour.
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KIGER MUSTANG

The Kiger Mustang is a North American breed of horse of Spanish descent from the Beaty Butte region in Lake County, Oregon. They are uniformly of a dun colouration, ranging from brown-dun to nearly white with dorsal stripes and zebra striped legs.
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KILLDEER

The killdeer (Charadrius vociferus), is a variety of plover, common in America, and so called from its plaintive cry.
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KILLIFISH

Killifish is a common name for any of more than 900 species of fishes constituting the order Cyprinodontiformes. Killifishes inhabit fresh, brackish, and coastal marine waters from south-eastern Canada to South America, and in Africa, southern Europe, and southern Asia. In deserts, they flourish at the highest temperatures and salinities tolerated by any vertebrate. Usually less than 30 centimetres in length, they are familiar as bait and popular as aquarium fishes. The striped killifish, Fundulus mejalis, and sheepshead minnow, Cyprinodon variegatus, are common along the eastern and southern coasts of the USA. The California killifish, Fundulus parvipinnis, is found along the Pacific coast of California and northern Mexico. The mummichog, Fundulus heteroclitus, and rivulus, Rivulus marmoratus, are important as experimental animals. Many killifishes are valuable in the control of mosquitoes because they eat the larvae.
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KINDLE

Kindle is the collective noun for a group of kittens.
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KING CHARLES SPANIEL

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The King Charles Spaniel or English Toy Spaniel as it is known in the USA is a breed of Spaniel related to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, but smaller at twenty-five centimetres tall. The breed are so named from their reputed popularity with King Charles II who used to personally exercise his pets in London's St James Park. They are friendly and adaptable dogs, but need careful grooming.
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KING SALMON

The king salmon, Chowichee salmon, Takon salmon, Chinnook salmon,, Quinnat salmon or Columbia River salmon (Salmo quinnat) is a large salmon found in Alaska, chiefly in the Yukon and the Nushagak rivers and greatly prized for its flesh. The king salmon typically weighs in the region of 20 lbs, but individual fish weighing as much as 100 lbs have been recorded.
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KING SNAKE

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King snake (Lampropeltis) is a common name for a genus of North American constricting snakes. Like all constrictors, these reptiles squeeze their prey to death by coiling around it. They eat rodents, birds, and other snakes, including poisonous ones. Curiously, they are not affected by the venom of vipers. A common king snake is the chain snake, named because of its chain-like yellow or white markings. It is found throughout North America, and its colour and markings vary. It is about 1.2 to 1.5 metres long.
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KING-CRAB

The king-crab (Limulus), is a peculiar genus of crabs included in the order Xiphosura (sword-tailed), of the class Crustacea. They are found on the coasts of northern and tropical America and the Antilles, in the Eastern Archipelago and Japan. The head resembles a broad horse-shoe shaped shield, with two pairs of eyes upon the upper surface, the second pair being the larger and forming the true visual organs. The mouth opens on the lower surface, and around it are six pairs of limbs with spinous joints attached. A second shield some-what hexagonal in shape covering the abdominal part, and beneath it are the gills, or branchiae, borne upon five pairs of appendages which represent the abdominal feet of the crab. The average length is about 60 cm. These crabs are destitute of swimming powers, and if placed on their backs they appear, like turtle, unable to recover their natural position. The commonest species is the Limulus polyphemus, found chiefly on the North American coasts. The upper surface of the tail, as in other species, bears numerous spines. The Limulus moluccanus, of the Moluccas, possesses a strongly serrated tail. This latter species is largely eaten.
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KING-VULTURE

The king-vulture (Sarcorhamphus Papa) is a bird of the intertropical regions of America. It is about 75 cm in length, and upwards of 150 cm across the expanded wings. The plumage is generally white, the bare skin of the head and neck brilliantly coloured. The other vultures are said to stand quietly by until this, their monarch, has finished his repast, hence the name.
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KINGBIRD

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Kingbird is a common name for any of several New World flycatchers, genus Tyrannus, of the family Tyrannidae. They range from 20 to 26 centimetres long, the largest being the giant kingbird, Tyrannus cubensis, of Cuba.
Kingbirds attack birds as large as hawks when their territories and nests are threatened. Kingbirds feed on flying insects, particularly bees. They are birds of open, tree-dotted country, building their nests about 1.8 to 30. 5 m above the ground. All kingbirds have a concealed red or orange patch in their crown feathers. The eastern kingbird, Tyrannus tyrannus, of most of North America, is dark slate above and white below. The tropical kingbird, Tyrannus melancholicus, found from Arizona south through most of South America, typifies a group of species with yellow under parts and grey-green backs.
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KINGFISHER

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Kingfisher, is the name of a family of Insessorial birds distinguished by the elongated, stoutly formed, tetragonal bill, broad at the base, and terminating in a finely acute point; tarsi short, feet strong, toes somewhat elongated.

The common kingfisher, found in Great Britain (Alcedo ispida), has the upper part of the head, the sides of the neck, and the coverts of the wings green, spotted with blue. The back is dark green in colour, the lower back and rump being of a bright blue. The throat is white, and the under surface of the body a pale-brown colour. It frequents the banks of rivers, and, perched on the bough of a tree, watches for fish, When the prey is perceived it dives into the water, secures the fish with its feet, and carries it to land, where it kills the prey and swallows it entire. It is about 18 cm in length. This bird has been greatly celebrated in ancient poetic and legendary lore, and is the subject of many superstitions.

The American kingfisher (Alcedo or Ceryle alcyon) is of a bluish-slate colour, with an iron-coloured band on the breast, whilst the head bears a crest of feathers.

The spotted kingfisher (Ceryle guttata) is a native of the Himalayas, where it is called the fish-tiger. A large Australian species is known as the laughing jackass .
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KINKAJOU

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The kinkajou (Potos flavus) is a small tropical American mammal of the family Procyonidae, related to the raccoon, and distinguished by its long prehensile tail. It is nocturnal and arboreal, filling the same ecological niche at night that the New World monkey occupies by day. The kinkajou attains a body length of about 50 cm; its tail is almost as long. It has a round head, a short face, and a slender body covered with soft, yellowish- brown woolly fur. Gentle in disposition, it can be readily tamed as a pet. It feeds on insects, small birds and mammals, birds' eggs, fruit, and honey (it is sometimes called the honey bear). Kinkajous are mostly solitary, but mates may travel together. The female produces a single offspring in the spring or summer. The life span is believed to be about 20 years.
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KIPPER

Kipper is the name given to a male salmon after it has spawned.
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KISBER FELVER

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The Kisber Felver (or Kisber Half-Bred) is a Hungarian breed of horse developed during the 20th century at the Kisber Stud in Hungary which was founded in 1853 primarily to produce Thoroughbreds. The Kisber Felver stands between 15.2 and 17 hands high and is mostly chestnut or bay but can be any solid colour. The
Kisber Felver's energetic and lively qualities make them suitable for both military and civilian uses, and their natural athletic ability makes them popular for jumping and eventing.
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KITE

The kite is about twenty species of birds of prey of the falcon (Accipitridae) family. The kites differ from the true falcons in having a somewhat long forked tail, long wings, short legs, and weak bill and talons. This last peculiarity renders it the least formidable of the birds of prey. The common kite, glead, or glede (Milvus ictinus, regalis, vulgaris) preys chiefly on the smaller quadrupeds, birds, young chickens, etc. It usually builds in the fork of a tree in a thick wood. The common kite of America is the Ictinia mississippiensis.
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KITTIWAKE

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The Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) is a native British seagull so named after its call which sounds like 'kittee-wake kitte-wake'. The adult has white plumage with a blue-grey back and yellow bill and legs and black feet.
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KITTIWAKE GULL

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The kittiwake gull (Rissa tridactyla) is a sea-gull characterised by the absence of a hind toes. It breeds in large colonies on narrow ledges of rock. It is white and grey above, and white below with black tips to some of its wing primaries. The legs are black.
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KIWI

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The kiwi (originally known as the kiwi-kiwi on account of its cry) is a group of three species of bird (genus Apteryx) only found in New Zealand. They are about the size of a domestic fowl, have short stout legs terminated in three toes with a rudimentary hallux which forms a spur and a long bill with nostrils at the tip. They are nocturnal and feed on insects, worms and seeds.
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KLADRUBER

The Kladruber is a Czech breed of horse developed as a top-class carriage horse for the Imperial Court. A calm, strong, long-lived, kind and energetic draft horse, the Kladruber is sometimes crossed with lighter breeds to produce riding horses. The Kladruber stands between 16.2 and 17 hands high and is grey or black in colour with a prolific and luxurious mane and tail.
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KLIPSPRINGER

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The klipspringer (Oreotragus saltator) is a small but active antelope found in East Africa.
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KNAB

Knab is the collective noun for a group of toads.
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KNABSTRUP

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The Knabstrup is a Danish breed of spotted riding horse developed in 1808 from a spotted Spanish mare. The Knabstrup breed is easy to train and is often used in circuses for performing tricks and for gymnastic riding displays. The Knabstrup stands 15.2 hands high and has brown or black spots on a white background.
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KNAPWEED

Knapweed is a plant of the genus Centaurea.
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KNAPWEED FRITILLARY

The Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe) is a species of brush-footed butterfly (Nymphalidae) found in northern Africa, southern and central Europe and central Asia to China. Two generations occur during a year, the first flying from April to June and the second from July to August.
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KNIGHTIA

Knightia is a genus of trees and shrubs belonging to the family Proteaceae.
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KNIPHOFIA

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Kniphofia is a genus of plants of the lily family native to southern and eastern Africa, and widely cultivated as a garden flower on account of their magnificent long spikes or dense racemes of red, orange and yellow flowers from which they get their alternative popular name of 'red hot poker' , 'torch lily' and 'poker plant'. The Kniphofia grows to a height of about 60 inches and was first introduced into Britain in 1707 as a hothouse flower, it was not until the mid-19th century that it was found they will grow happily outside in Britain.
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KNOPPER GALL WASP

The Knopper Gall Wasp (Andricus quercuscalicis) is a hymenopterous insect of the family Cynipidae widespread in southern, western and central Europe and Asia Minor and since first being recorded in Britain in 1959 is now widespread and common in Britain. The Knopper Gall Wasp Produces two types of gall, one type are produced on acorns and are green and sticky later becoming brown and hard, and irregular in shape. The second generation of galls are produced in the axis of the male catkins of Turkey Oaks.
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KNOT

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The knot (Tringa canutus) is a shore-living bird of the family Scolopacidae. The knot is larger than a snipe, but with a shorter bill and legs and the plumage is ash-grey above and white flecked with grey below.
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KNOT GRASS MOTH

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The Knot Grass Moth (Acronicta rumicis) is a moth of the family Noctuidae with a wing span of between 30 and 35 mm found in the non-polar parts of the Palaearctic. Between one and three generations are produced each year flying from April to September.
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KNOTGRASS

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Knotgrass (Polygonum aviculare) is an annual herb of the family Polygonaceae, native to Britain, with branched prostrate or erect stems and shortly stalked, alternate, linear to ovate leaves with silvery stipules at their base. The flowers are small, white or pinkish in colour, and grow in clusters in the axils of the upper leaves. The fruit is a three-sided achene surrounded by a persistent perianth.
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KNOWLTONIA

Knowltonia is a genus of perennial herbaceous South African plants belonging to the family Ranunculaceae. They bear branching cymes or umbels of dullish flowers.
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KOALA

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The koala is a marsupial found only in east Australia. The koala is commonly referred to the family Phalangistidae or phalangers. It somewhat resembles a small bear, hence its scientific name, Phascolarctos cinereus (from the Geek. phaskos, a pouch, and arktos, a bear). There is hardly any rudiment of a tail. Its forefeet have five toes, two of which are opposed to the other three. The peculiarity does not extend to the hind limbs. The koala lives much on trees, feeding on the leaves, and often burrowing for roots. It is also known by the names of 'native sloth' and 'native bear.'
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KOBUS

Kobus is the Waterbuck and Lechwe genus of antelope, subfamily Hippotraginae.
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KOHL-RABI

Kohl-rabi (Brassica caulorapa) is a plant of the cabbage family, largely cultivated on account of its swollen, fleshy, turnip-like stem which is eaten.
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KOLA

Kola or cola is a genus of plants belonging to the natural order Sterculiaceae, a native of Western Tropical Africa. The Kola or cola (Sterculia acuminata or cola acuminata) produces a fruit which consists of two, sometimes more, separate pods containing several seeds about the size of horse-chestnuts (Kola nut). The seeds have been found to contain caffeine, the active principle of coffee, as also the same active principle as cocoa with less fatty matter. A drink prepared from them is largely used in tropical Africa, and is said to have digestive, refreshing, and invigorating properties. The tree was introduced into the West Indies and Brazil. The peasants of Jamaica were said to get quickly rid of the effects of intoxication by using the kola-nut. It was introduced into Britain, manufactured into a paste, or otherwise eaten, before becoming the basis of the popular drink coca-cola.
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KOLA NUT

The kola nut (or guru nut) is the fruit of the tropical African tree, Cola acuminata of the family Sternuliaceae. The nuts are larger than walnuts, very bitter tasting and contain a large quantity of caffeine. They are eaten by the natives as a stimulant and form the basis of Coca-Cola.
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KOMODO DRAGON

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The Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is the world's largest living lizard. The Komodo dragon measures almost three metres in length and weighs well over 70 kilograms. It lives in the Indonesian archipelago where it feeds primarily on deer and wild boar, but also eating other Komodos and the occasional human. The Komodo dragon is capable of taking prey up to 15 times its size, unhinging its jaws to swallow food larger than its head, and downing as much as 80 percent of its weight in a single meal.
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KONIK

The Konik is an ancient breed of Polish pony related closely to the Hucul. The
Konik is placed and good natured, stands 13 hands high and occurs mostly in a mouse dun colour with a dorsal stripe.
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KOOKABURRA

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The Kookaburra is a bird of the Alecdinidae (Kingfisher) family found in woodlands in east and south west Australia where they eat insects, small lizards, small snakes and small birds of other species. Kookaburras live in pairs or small groups and nest in hollow tree trunks , holes in trees or excavated ant hills. Kookaburras are mostly whitre in colour, with dark brown upper parts and an orangey-brown striped tail. They have a long, sharp, strong bill and a distinctive loud call like a laugh.
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KORAT

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The Korat is a natural breed of domestic cat that originated in the Korat province of eastern Thailand sometime before the 17th century. The breed was first mentioned in Britain at the National Cat Show in London in 1896 where it was described as a Blue Siamese, then nothing more is recorded until 1959 when a pair were taken to the USA from Thailand and in 1964 the Korat made its American debut at the Empire Cat Club show. The Korat is a semi-cobby, medium sized cat, supple and muscular with a rounded back. The front legs are slightly shorter than the hind, and the paws oval. The tail is of medium length, tapering to a rounded tip. The head is heart-shaped with a semi-pointed muzzle, a strong chin. The coat only occurs in a silver-blue colour, and is single-layered, short to medium length, glossy and fine. The Korat is very susceptible to viral infections in the respiratory tracts ('cat flu'). They are affectionate, quiet and gentle cats that love being handled, but are nervous of sudden loud noises.
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KORYNETES

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Korynetes is a genus of chequered beetles of the family Cleridae. They feed on other insects, especially woodworms.
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KRAIT

The Krait (Bungarus candidus) is a poisonous snake of Bengal and Southern India. It is dark brown or bluish black above with bands or spots of white or yellow and uniform white below. They grow to about one metre long.
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KRILL

Krill is a crustacean of the sub-class Malacostraca.
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KUDU

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The kudu or koodoo (Tragelaphus) is a genus of large, lightly striped African antelope. The males have twisted horns up to 150 cm long, and stand about 180 centimetres tall at the shoulder and weigh around 320 kg. The females are hornless.
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KUMINGAN

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The Kumingan or Java Pony, is an Indonesian breed of pony that originated on the island of Java during the 17th century from cross breeding of horses imported by the Dutch East India company. The Kumingan is a placid, and good natured pony, standing 12 hands high and occurring in various colours. They are commonly used to pull the local taxi cart called a sado in Java.
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KUMQUAT

Kumquat is a very small variety of orange-tree (Citrus japonica) growing not above six feet high, and whose fruit, of the size of a large gooseberry, is delicious and refreshing. Ili is a native of China and Japan, but was introduced into Australia. In China it is preserved with sugar in jars, and formerly formed an important export.
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KUSTANAIR

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The Kustanair is a Kazahkstan breed of saddle horse developed during the early 20th century and recognised as a breed in 1951. The Kustanair is a tough and hardy horse, calm and energetic and versatile both for riding and in the harness. The Kustanair stands between 15 and 15.2 hands high and may be bay, brown, chestnut, grey, black or roan in colour.
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KYLOE

The Kyloe is a breed of cattle.
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