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canopy, driver ants, crossbow

German translation: Armbrust, Treiberameisen, Thronhimmel/Betthimmel/Laubdach

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08:12 Sep 28, 2000
English to German translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering
English term or phrase: canopy, driver ants, crossbow
crossbow=Armbrust -but is there another term?
canopy=Baldachin?
anja
German translation:Armbrust, Treiberameisen, Thronhimmel/Betthimmel/Laubdach
Explanation:
There can be no doubt about the crossbow.

Driver ants/Treiberameisen:
Terror of the jungle?
Both driver ants and army ants have exceptionally large colonies, upto a million in army ants, up to about 20 million in driver ants. Both have nomadic phases alternating with 'statary' phases, relatively stable encampments or 'bivouacs'. Army ants and driver ants, or their colonies taken together as amoeba-like units, are both ruthless and terrible predators of their respective jungles. Both cut to pieces anything animal in their path, and both have acquired a mystique of terror in their own land. Villagers in part of South America are reputed traditionally to vacate their villages, lock, stock and barrel when a large ant army is approaching, and to return when the legions have marched through, having cleaned out every cockroach, spider and scorpion even from the thatched roofs. I remember as a child in Africa being more frightened of driver ants than of lions and crocodiles... No, driver ants are not really the terror of the jungle. Although the driver ant colony is an 'animal' weighing in excess of 20 kg and possesssing on the order of 20 million mouths and stings and is surely the most formidable creation of the insect world, it still does not match up to the lurid stories told about it. After all, the swarm can only cover about a meter of ground every three minutes. Any competent bush mouse, not to mention man or elephant, can step aside and contemplate the whole grass root frenzy at liesure, an object less of menace than of strangeness and wonder...

I second those w´ho would like some context for the canopy. Considering that you have a crossbow and ants, one of the three non-technical meanings given above might be what you want.

HTH

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Randi Stenstrop
Local time: 03:39
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Very interesting explanation, thanks for this. I'm glad it's not likely to come across those little monsters over here...
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Summary of answers provided
nacanopy = Kronenschicht, BaumwipfelDirgis
naArmbrust, Treiberameisen, Thronhimmel/Betthimmel/LaubdachRandi Stenstrop
naArmbrust,???, Baldachin
Mats Wiman
naSee belowgwolf
naArmbrust
Michaela Moosbrugger


  

Answers


12 mins
Armbrust


Explanation:
the term is indeed Armbrust (I at least don't know another one)

as for the others - it's difficult without any context
perhaps this helps:

canopy (aero) / [transparentes] Kabinendach n
canopy (rail) / Bahnsteigdach n
canopy (trough tipping wagon) / Muldenvordach des Muldenkippers n
canopy (parachute) / Fallschirmkappe f
canopy (aero) / Verglasung f

Michaela Moosbrugger
Austria
Local time: 03:39
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13 mins
See below


Explanation:
Without further context it is not possible to give you any reliable answers on these terms because it depends very much on the subject areak.

Always try to provide at least some context with your question.



gwolf
Local time: 21:39
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in EnglishEnglish
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20 mins
Armbrust,???, Baldachin


Explanation:
confirmation of two.
Not much help I'm afraid


    MMI
Mats Wiman
Sweden
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4 hrs
Armbrust, Treiberameisen, Thronhimmel/Betthimmel/Laubdach


Explanation:
There can be no doubt about the crossbow.

Driver ants/Treiberameisen:
Terror of the jungle?
Both driver ants and army ants have exceptionally large colonies, upto a million in army ants, up to about 20 million in driver ants. Both have nomadic phases alternating with 'statary' phases, relatively stable encampments or 'bivouacs'. Army ants and driver ants, or their colonies taken together as amoeba-like units, are both ruthless and terrible predators of their respective jungles. Both cut to pieces anything animal in their path, and both have acquired a mystique of terror in their own land. Villagers in part of South America are reputed traditionally to vacate their villages, lock, stock and barrel when a large ant army is approaching, and to return when the legions have marched through, having cleaned out every cockroach, spider and scorpion even from the thatched roofs. I remember as a child in Africa being more frightened of driver ants than of lions and crocodiles... No, driver ants are not really the terror of the jungle. Although the driver ant colony is an 'animal' weighing in excess of 20 kg and possesssing on the order of 20 million mouths and stings and is surely the most formidable creation of the insect world, it still does not match up to the lurid stories told about it. After all, the swarm can only cover about a meter of ground every three minutes. Any competent bush mouse, not to mention man or elephant, can step aside and contemplate the whole grass root frenzy at liesure, an object less of menace than of strangeness and wonder...

I second those w´ho would like some context for the canopy. Considering that you have a crossbow and ants, one of the three non-technical meanings given above might be what you want.

HTH




    Reference: http://www.imsc.ernet.in/~tabish/animals/ants.html
Randi Stenstrop
Local time: 03:39
Native speaker of: Native in DanishDanish
PRO pts in pair: 98
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Very interesting explanation, thanks for this. I'm glad it's not likely to come across those little monsters over here...
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1 day13 hrs
canopy = Kronenschicht, Baumwipfel


Explanation:
Kronenschicht (referring to Baumkronen -H. BICK, Ökologie)if used as an ecological term for what could, in more common language be called "die Baumwipfel"

Dirgis
United States
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