Words starting with T

Words that start with T

List of things that start with the letter T.

Ten terrified turtles went traipsing through the turnips in Tennessee.

Scientific name: genus: tapirus

A tapir is an animal about the same size and shape as a pig. Tapirs live in jungles and forests in South and Central America and Southeast Asia. Their closest relatives are the rhinoceros and horse. Tapirs have a long, flexible nose that they use for grabbing leaves off trees with.

Photo of a tar pit
Photo by Betsy Weber

Tar could mean any very dark, sticky substance, usually made from modified tree resin. Tar is also another word for bitumen, as is found in tar pits. Tar is very sticky and animals used to get trapped in tar pits, which preserved them.

Scientific name: family: theraphosidae

A tarantula is the name for a group of several species of spider. Tarantulas are very large, and very hairy - they are big hairy spiders! Some people keep them as pets.

Photo of an archery target
Photo by Matt Gibson

A target is something you aim at when you throw or fire something. In archery and shooting, a target is drawn as several circles inside each other. The goal is to hit the center of the target.

Photo of a tarnished gravy boat
Photo by K O

Something made from metal is tarnished if it has a layer of a dull, colored substance on it instead of being bright, shiny and reflective.
Tarnish is a different color on different kinds of metal. silver tarnish is black and copper tarnish is green. Some metals do not tarnish, instead they rust, which can eat away all of the metal over time instead of just leaving a thin coating on the surface.

Photo of a tarpaulin
Photo by Andrew Gray

A tarpaulin is a large piece of canvas that has been waterproofed. Older style tarpaulins were made from fabric waterproofed with wax or something similar, modern tarpaulins are made from woven plastic. Tarpaulins are used to protect things from the weather.

Photo of tarragon
Photo by Foodista
Scientific name: artemisia dracunculus

Tarragon, or dragon's wort, is a soft, green plant used mainly in French cooking. Tarragon has an interesting flavour that is a little like anise.

Photo of a blueberry tart
Photo by Steve Pomeroy

A tart or flan is a dish made with a pastry casing with no lid and a filling inside. The filling is usually sweet and may contain fruit but can also be meat-based.
A tart with a lid is called a pie.

Photo of tartan cloth.
Photo by Tess Watson

Tartan is a fabric pattern made by weaving different colours together in stripes in both directions. The stripes can be different widths, and there can be lots of different colours, unlike gingham which is made from two colours with equal width stripes.
In Scotland, different families had their own unique tartan pattern.