This compound word is a type of material

It is formed of 2 words

Both words are animals

But the word itself has nothing to do with animals

It is useful.

May be more than one answer.

  • $\begingroup$ For clarity, is your word AB such that A and B are animals? $\endgroup$
    – Ébe Isaac
    Commented Jan 27, 2020 at 2:53
  • 4
    $\begingroup$ 'May be more than one answer' seems to be coming true here, and in some style... This is definitely starting to look too broad... $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented Jan 27, 2020 at 10:14
  • $\begingroup$ Correct @Ebe Isaac $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Commented Jan 27, 2020 at 13:08
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ If many answers could fit, then the puzzle is under-specified. A well-crafted puzzle will give enough information to rule in the intended solution while ruling out everything else. Potential solutions should be testable by referring to the puzzle, not by needing a response from the setter as to whether they're right or not. If the puzzle lacks enough specificity to make that determination, then it's probably too broad, and any "hints" added to fix that aren't really hints, they're a necessary part of the puzzle. This should be fixable with like one more criterion; I hope you add one! $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Commented Jan 28, 2020 at 11:24

5 Answers 5


What about


We use it in our homes


A useful material which has nothing to do with animals is

buckram - a stiff cotton cloth, soaked in a sizing agent such as wheat starch and is used in bookbinding, curtain headings and hat making.

It is formed of 2 words, both words are animals

buck - a male deer, antelope, sheep, goat, rabbit or hare & ram - a male sheep

... but another possibility is the very common word ...

carpet - carp the fish, overlapping with pet which may be various kinds of animals

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Great @Tom. There is a much simpler answer too. Can you find it? You use it inside the house many times. $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Commented Jan 26, 2020 at 17:14

It must be

Tungsten, also known as Wolfram

Consisting of the animals

Wolf and Ram

Commonly used in

Lamps. It's the glowing wire

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ This has to be right $\endgroup$
    – cinico
    Commented Jan 27, 2020 at 12:55

An alternative, and obscure, answer (which I found programmatically) appears to be:

Ravenduck (alt: Ravensduck; Raven's-duck)
A heavy sailcloth or canvas, made from cotton, hemp and flax.

...yes, it is obscure. Here is another reference.

The components are:

Any of several, generally large and lustrous black species of birds in the genus Corvus.

An aquatic bird of the family Anatidae, having a flat bill and webbed feet.


I think it's

Duct tape. Pronounced, it can sound as duck and tape (worm). It's quite useful and it has nothing to do with animals.

  • $\begingroup$ In addition, there is a brand name that uses this pronounciation. $\endgroup$
    – Herb
    Commented Jan 27, 2020 at 16:49
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ Surprisingly, that was the original name, referring to its water repellant properties; "duct tape" was a later development, even though it's seldom used in ductwork (at least not more than most places). Now a company is marketing electrical tape as "duck tape." English was a lot easier to understand before marketing. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 27, 2020 at 20:45

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.