A wild boar, a hedgehog, a dog... lion... chicken. I can't find a photo of a porpoise to illustrate today's word--thankfully these furry and feathery volunteers behind a shop window are happy to pose as one. (And the handwritten ads were taped to the window by students looking for work).
le marsouin (mar-swehn)
Le marsouin est aussi appelé le cochon de mer.
The porpoise is also called the sea pig.
Porpoises are related to dolphins and whales. Do you have any other trivia or something to add for this marsouin entry? Do you collect marsouins or have you ever seen one? Where? Thanks for sharing here in the comments box.
Smokey: This re- re-puh... re-puh... reporpoised wood comes from the French railroad tracks below our house.
(Smokey, I think you meant "porpoises" this time.)
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This old panier has had many reincarnations: once used in a produce shop, it has since held bath towels, dried herbs, fresh pots of lavender, bottles of shampoo and bath supplies. Currently it holds a tie from a bale of straw, the string could now be used to tie up the tomatoes... or mend a broken corner of the basket....
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