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11:36 Nov 25, 2008
English to Portuguese translations [Non-PRO]
Tourism & Travel / mythologic animal
English term or phrase: drop bear
A drop bear (or dropbear) is a fictional Australian marsupial said to be related to the koala.

Drop bears are commonly said to be unusually large, vicious, carnivorous koalas that inhabit treetops and attack their prey by dropping onto their heads from above.[1] They are an example of local lore intended to frighten and confuse outsiders, and amuse locals, similar to the jackalope, hoop snake, wild haggis or snipe.

The text is about some people who went to Australia and are being to told to be aware of the drop bears.
Lígia Ricardo

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Richard Lee
drop bear
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Não existe tradução para o termo "dropbear". Como convenientemente explicado, se trata de figura do folclore australiano e não houve tradução do termo, assim como o jackalope (coelho carnívoro com longos chifres de veado) ou o brasileiro Saci-Pererê.

Em geral somente as figuras folclóricas mais recorrentes ou conhecidas ganham tradução em outras línguas, caso do Pé-Grande (Big Foot), por exemplo.

Richard Lee
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I searched high and low for a drop bear. This is the only one I could find:


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