Pokemon Etymology
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NameWord 1Def 1Word 2Def 2Word 3Def 3
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Bulbasaurbulba type of plant-saurGreek suffix meaning ‘lizard’
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Ivysaurivya plant-saurGreek suffix meaning ‘lizard’
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Venusaurvenusfrom Venus Flytrap, a meat-eating plant-saurGreek suffix meaning ‘lizard’
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Charmandercharto burn or singesalamandera species of lizard
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Charmeleoncharto burn or singechameleona species of lizard
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Charizardcharto burn or singelizarda reptile
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Squirtlesquirtto shoot waterturtlewater-based reptile
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Wartortlewarepic battletortoisewater-based reptileturtlewater-based reptile
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Blastoiseblastan explosiontortoisewater-based reptile
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Caterpiecaterpillar an insect
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Metapodmetamorphosisa transformationpoda cocoon
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Butterfreebutterflya flying insectfreewithout limit, now it's able to fly
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Weedleworman invertebrateneedlesharp implement
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Kakunacocoona pupal casing made by some insects
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Beedrillbeea flying insectdrillpointed tool
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Pidgeypigeona species of bird
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Pidgeottopigeona species of bird
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Pidgeotpigeona species of bird
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Rattatarata rodent mammalrat-a-tat-tatsound of knocking or a machine gun
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Raticaterata rodent mammaleradicateto exterminate
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Spearowspearpointed weaponsparrowa species of bird
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Fearowfearto be scared ofsparrowa species of bird
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Ekanssnakea species of reptile; ‘ekans’ spelled backwards
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Arbokcobraa species of reptile; ‘kobra’ spelled backwards
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PikachupikaJapanese for a sound of sparks; a small mouse-like rodentchuJapanese for a sound of squeaking
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RaichuraiJapanese for 'thunder'chuJapanese for a sound of squeaking
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Sandshrewsandfine debris of rocksshrewa rodent
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Sandslashsandfine debris of rocksslashto swipe
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Nidoran♀nidoJapanese for two (referring to its counterpart)ranblue/purple orchid (Japanese)female symbol
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NidorinanidoJapanese for two (referring to its counterpart)-inafemale suffix
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NidoqueennidoJapanese for two (referring to its counterpart)queenroyalty (female)
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Nidoran♂nidoJapanese for two (referring to its counterpart)ranblue/purple orchid (Japanese)male symbol
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NidorinonidoJapanese for two (referring to its counterpart)-inomale suffix
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NidokingnidoJapanese for two (referring to its counterpart)kingroyalty (male)
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Clefairyclefmusical symbolfairyimp, sprite
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Clefableclefmusical symbolfablestory, fairytale
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Vulpixvulpinedescribing foxessixits number of tails
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Ninetalesnineits number of tailstalescorruption of ‘tails’
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Jigglypuffjiggleto shakepuffinflated, cloud-shaped
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Wigglytuffwiggleto shaketoughhard
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ZubatzubattoJapanese for a sound of something being hitbatcave-dwelling flying mammal
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Golbatghoulghost, monsterbatcave-dwelling flying mammal
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OddishOddStrange or weirdradishvegetable
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Gloomgloomdepressionbloomblossoming
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Vileplumevilenastyplumecluster of showy flowers/petals
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Parasparasitean annoying insect or bacteria
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Parasectparasitean annoying insect or bacteriainsecta bug
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Venonatvenompoisongnatan insect
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Venomothvenompoisonmothan insect
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Diglettdigremove/excavate earth-letprefix for small
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Dugtriodugremoved/excavated earthtrio Spanish for three
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Meowthmeowcat noise
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PersianPersiaa country in Europepurrcat noise
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Psyduckpsychicsupernaturalducka species of bird
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Golduckgolda color (oddly this applies to Psyduck more)ducka species of bird
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Mankeymonkeya species of primatemankyinferior, worthless
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Primeapeprimesuperiorprimateset of mammals including monkeys, apes, etcapea species of primate
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Growlithegrowlgruff noise made by dogslithegracefully slender
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Arcaninearcaneancient, mysteriouscaninerelating to dogs
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Poliwagpolliwoga tadpole; baby frog/toadwagtail movement
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Poliwhirlpolliwoga tadpole; baby frog/toadwhirlcircular pattern
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Poliwrathpolliwoga tadpole; baby frog/toadwrathanger
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Abraabracadabramagical word, sometimes used with 'alakazam'
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Kadabraabracadabramagical word, sometimes used with 'alakazam'
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Alakazamalakazammagical word, sometimes used with 'abracadabra'
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Machopmachostrong, muscularchopA karate chop
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Machokemachostrong, muscularchokeTo strangle
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Machampmachostrong, muscularchampA winner
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Bellsproutbellringing device (shape)sproutgrow, bloom
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Weepinbellweepingsad, droopingbellringing device (shape)
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Victreebelvictorya win achieved over someonebellringing device (shape)
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Tentacooltentaclethe "limb" of a sea creaturecoollow temperature, impressive
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Tentacrueltentaclethe "limb" of a sea creaturecruelmean
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Geodudegeo-of or relating to the Earthdudeperson (usually male)
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Gravelergravelsmall rocks/pebbles
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Golemgolemstone figure from Jewish folklore
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Ponytaponya small horseponytaila hairstyle that resembles a pony’s tail
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Rapidashrapidfastashremains of a firedashmove quickly
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Slowpokeslownot fastslowpokenickname for a slow person
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Slowbroslownot fastbrofriend, pal
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Magnemitemagnetattracting objectmitesmall thing
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Magnetonmagnetattracting objecttonlarge or heavy object
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Farfetch'dfar-fetchedunlikelyfetchto retrieve an object
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Doduododoextinct birdduogroup of two
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Dodriododoextinct birdtriogroup of three
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Seelsealan aquatic mammal
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Dewgongdugongan aquatic mammaldewmoisture often found on grass or plants
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Grimergrimedirt
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Mukmuckdirt
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Shelldershellhard covershelterto protect
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Cloysterclammarine creatureoystermarine creaturecloisterisolated religious building
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Gastlygasairghastlyhorrifying
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Haunterhauntera person who scares others
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Gengardoppelgängera person’s exact double or ‘shadow’
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Onixonyxa type of rock
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Drowzeedrowsytired, sleepyzeethe letter 'z', often used to denote sleep
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Hypnohypnosisa trance or sleep
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