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I imagine this got a reply further upthread, but I immediately thought of Algonquian languages, and probably Inuit, where most of the names for animals are derived from verbs. It could even be argued that all of them are, but I'd say that to qualify as a verb, that root must be used elsewhere in the lesxicon. e.g. if a word for mallard means "to shine green", but nothing else in the language ever shines green, I'd say it's just a word for mallard in that language.
In the 1990s I did "beautiful animal that has its own refuge" as the word for butterfly. I was using a non-concatenative morphology then, such that I could put an infinite number of morphemes into a word and not have it grow, but now all of the languages I work on use traditional derivation, although with aggressive sound changes I can still get a lot of words into a fairly compact form even with highly descriptive etymologies. Right now the closest I can come to my earlier derivation is žiffe, but this just means "beautiful in refuge", omitting the morphemes for animal and "(has) its own". On the other hand this word is so short that it needs to be padded with yet another morpheme, possibly /pa/ "in a field" or /pi/ "in a forest".And if NOT, what might be some fun ones? Maybe 'flower-sit' for butterfly, ...
My obsession with penguins causes me to instinctively go for a negative word here, but the Antarctic skua is also the champion of cold weather, as it has been known to cross Antarctica directly over the center, instead of ringing the coast like every other bird. Since penguins can't fly (as far as we know ...), I propose the word for skua to beSkua
skua = ice + soarer
following the pattern of the word for seagull. Now I guess it's my turn to propose a new word. This is my first time in this thread, so I apologize if I'm proposing an animal that's been done before, but it didnt turn up on a search, so here goes: