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Old March 24th, 2005 (12:43 PM). Edited May 29th, 2005 by Natsuki.
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    Bulbasaur bulb(ous) + dinosaur
    Ivysaur ivy + dinosaur
    Venusaur venus (fly trap) + dinosaur
    Charmander char + salamander
    Charmeleon char + chameleon
    Charizard char + lizard
    Squirtle squirt + turtle
    Wartortle war + tortoise + turtle
    Blastoise blast + tortoise
    Caterpie caterpillar + pie (as in 'cutie-pie')
    Metapod metamorphosis + pod
    Butterfree butterfly + free
    Weedle weevil + needle
    Kakuna cocoon
    Beedrill bee + drill
    Pidgey pidgeon
    Pidgeotto pidgeon
    Pidgeot - pidgeon
    Rattata - rat
    Raticate eradicate + rat
    Spearow spear + sparrow
    Fearow fear + sparrow
    Ekans snake backwards
    Arbok cobra backwards
    Pikachu pika (Japanese onomotopoeia for "Light Sparks.") + chu (Sound a mouse makes.)
    Raichu rai (meaning thunder) + chu
    Sandshrew sand+ shrew
    Sandslash sand + slash
    Nidoran ♀ - needle
    Nidorina needle + a to distinguish femininity
    Nidoqueen needle + queen
    Nidoran ♂ - needle
    Nidorino needle + o to distinguish masculinity
    Nidoking needle + king
    Clefairy clef (as in music) + fairy
    Clefable clef + fable
    Vulpix vulpine (fox) + six (tails)
    Ninetales nine + tails
    Jigglypuff jiggly + puff
    Wigglytuff - wiggly + tough/tuff as in tuffet/tuft
    Zubat - bat
    Golbat - gol ("Good as Gold" or gulp.) + bat
    Oddish odd + radish
    Gloom gloom or gloom(y) + bloom
    Vileplume vile + plume
    Paras - parasite
    Parasect parasite + insect
    Venonat venom + gnat
    Venomoth venom + moth
    Meowth - meow
    Persian Persian cat
    Psyduck psychic + duck
    Golduck - gol ("Good as Gold.") + duck
    Mankey - monkey
    Primeape primate + ape
    Poliwag comes from the word "pollywog" (another name for a tadpole; not certain about spelling)
    Poliwhirl tadpole + whirl
    Poliwrath tadpole + wrath
    Abra magic word
    Kadabra magic word
    Alakazam magic word
    Machop macho + chop
    Machoke macho + choke (as in chokehold?)
    Machamp macho + champion
    Bellsprout bell (as in the plant) + sprout
    Weepinbell weeping + bell
    Victreebel victory + tree + bell
    Tentacool tentacle + cool
    Tentacruel tentacle + cruel
    Geodude geode + dude
    Graveler gravel + er
    Golem a golem
    Ponyta pony + tail
    Rapidash rapid + dash
    Slowpoke a slow poke
    Slowbro slow + brother
    Magnemite magnetic + mite (suffix for some metallic materials)
    Magneton magnet + proton?
    Farfetchd derived from far-fetched meaning impossible/unusual
    Doduo dodo + duo
    Dodrio dodo + trio
    Seel seal
    Dewgong - dew + dugong (kind of manatee)
    Grimer grime + slimmer (kind of mold)
    Muk muck (like mud or grime)
    Shellder shell + oyster
    Cloyster clamp + oyster
    Gastly gas + ghastly
    Haunter haunt
    Gengar in Japanese has to do with something you say after you play a prank on someone or Dopplegengar, a ghost that lurks in the shadows and copies people
    Onix onyx, a type of mineral
    Drowzee drowsy
    Hypno - hypnosis
    Krabby crab + crabby
    Kingler king + angler
    Voltorb volt + orb
    Electrode an electrode
    Exeggcute execute + egg
    Exeggcutor executor + egg
    Cubone cueball + bone
    Marowak - marrow (as in bone marrow) + whack
    Hitmonlee hitman/ hit + mon as in monster + lee (Bruce Lee)
    Hitmonchan hitman/hit + mon + chan (Jackie Chan)
    Lickitung lick + it (lick it!) + tongue
    Koffing coughing
    Weezing (the name says it all)
    Rhyhorn rhinoceros + horn
    Rhydon rhinoceros + don (which means tooth in Latin, used kinda like the way they name dinosaurs)
    Chansey chancey (as in gambler)
    Tangela tangle
    Kangaskhan Genghis Khan (Mongolian leader who took over the largest amount of land ever) + kangaroo
    Horsea sea horse combined together
    Seadra sea dragon
    Goldeen goldfish + queen
    Seaking sea + king
    Staryu starfish + you (in the cartoon it seems to say hey ya! as in hey you or hey yall )
    Starmie starfish + me (in the cartoon it seems to say who? which kinda responds to what Staru says)
    Mr. Mime its a mime
    Jynx a jinx
    Electabuzz electric + buzz
    Magmar - magma
    Pinsir - pincer
    Tauros a bull as in Taurus
    Magikarp magic + carp (despite being a carp, it isnt very magical)
    Gyarados ???
    Lapras derived from its Japanese name "Laplace" named after a scientist who studied the waves...
    Ditto derived from ditto which basically is a copy of the aforementioned phrase
    Eevee - phonetic pronunciation of "EV" the first two letters in "evolve"
    Vaporeon water vapor + eon
    Jolteon jolt + eon
    Flareon flare + eon
    Porygon polygon (possibly a Japanese Americanized name, because sometimes words with the letters ru translate to l ex. Mariru = Marill)
    Omanyte an ammonite (an ancient seashell mollusk, looks almost like a nautilus)
    Omastar ammonite + star
    Kabuto a kabuto (a Japanese helmet)
    Kabutops kabuto + tops
    Aerodactyl aero (prefix for air) + dactyl (suffix for wing)
    Snorlax snore + relax
    Articuno - artic + uno (Spanish for one)
    Zapdos zap + dos (Spanish for two)
    Moltres molten + tres (Spanish for three)
    Dratini dragon + tiny
    Dragonair dragon + air
    Dragonite dragon + knight (it represents the dragons that fought knights in the middle ages)
    Mewtwo mew as in meow + two
    Mew mew (sound a cat makes)
    Chikorita Chicory + ita (a Spanish suffix showing a small, feminine, cute, or beloved description of the word added to)
    Bayleef bayleaf
    Meganium mega + geranium (a kind of flower)
    Cyndaquil cinder + quill
    Quilava quill + lava
    Typhlosion typhoon + explosion (personally I think it should be something like Volquill)
    Totodile toddler (tot) + o + crocodile
    Croconaw crocodile + gnaw
    Feraligatr feral + alligator
    Sentret sentry + ferret
    Furret fur + ferret
    Hoothoot hoot + hootits making a noise, like an owl?
    Noctowl nocturnal + owl
    Ledyba ladybug the g
    Ledian ladybug + alien
    Spinarak spinneret + arachnid
    Ariados arachnid + ???
    Crobat cross + bat (I've also heard crowbar + bat)
    Chinchou - (might have to do something with the Chinese lanterns they send down rivers at certain ceremonies)
    Lanturn - lantern
    Pichu chu + pi (cute or little)
    Cleffa clef + fa (As in Do Re Me Fa So La Ti Do.)
    Igglybuff iggly (Cute baby word?) + buff (Tough)
    Togepi - Toge is the Japanese word for "spike" or "needle"... And I think "pi" means either cute or little... (which explains Pichu)
    Togetic - Toge is the Japanese word for "spike" or "needle"... + chick, since its japanese name is Togechikku, and "chikku" could also be written as "chick" (why the official translation is "tic", I have no idea).
    Natu - names sound Native American or which makes sense due to the pattern on Natu's stomach; can be part of Aztec language
    Xatu - names sound Native American which makes sense due to the pattern on Xatu's stomach; can be part of Aztec language
    Mareep Mare + sheep
    Flaaffy fluffy + baa
    Ampharos amp + pharos (the legendary lighthouse of Alexandria, explains why it is used in the Olivine lighthouse)
    Bellossom bell + blossom
    Marill rill + mar (Spanish for "sea")
    Azumarill azure + rill + mar (spanish for "sea")
    Sudowoodo pseudo (prefix meaning "kinda, but not quite" or "false") + wood
    Politoed tadpole + toad
    Hoppip hop + pip (kind of seed)
    Skiploom skip + bloom
    Jumpluff jump + fluff/luff (the act of facing the wind)
    Aipom ape + palm
    Sunkern sun + kernel
    Sunflora sun + flora (meaning flower)
    Yanma I think its the Jap. Name for dragonflies
    Wooper woop + er
    Quagsire quagmire + sire
    Espeon E.S.P. + eon
    Umbreon umbra + eon
    Murkrow murk + crow
    Slowking slow + king
    Misdreavus mischievous + dread
    Unown unknownthats it
    Wobbuffet wobbly + tuffet
    Girafarig giraffe spelled the same forward and backward (I forgot what those words are called, like the word radar)
    Pineco pinecone the ne
    Forretress forret (French word for forest) + fortress
    Gligar glide + ???
    Dunsparce dune (like a sand dune) + sparce
    Steelix steel + onyx
    Snubbull snub + bull
    Granbull bull + grand
    Qwilfish quill + fish
    Scizor scissor
    Shuckle shuck + huckleberry (because it stores berries in its shell)
    Heracross Heracles (Hercules) + cross
    Sneasel sneak + weasel
    Teddiursa teddy + ursa (means bear)
    Ursaring ursa + ring
    Slugma slug + magma
    Magcargo magma + escargot ([fried] snail)
    Swinub swine + snub
    Piloswine a plie of swine (it was the best I had)
    Corsola coral + ???
    Remoraid remora + raid/aid
    Octillery octopus + artillery
    Delibird delivery + bird
    Mantine manta + marine
    Skarmory scar/sky + armor
    Houndour hound + devour
    Houndoom hound + doom
    Kingdra king + dragon
    Phanpy elephant + impish? (impy)
    Porygon2 polygon + 2
    Stantler staring + antler
    Smeargle smear + beagle
    Tyrogue tyrant + rogue
    Hitmontop (see other Hitmons) + top
    Smoochum smooch + chum/em
    Elekid electric + kid
    Magby magma + baby
    Miltank milk + tank
    Blissey bliss (or blissful)
    Raikou directly romanized versions of theirapanese names
    Entei - directly romanized versions of theirapanese names
    Suicune - directly romanized versions of theirapanese names
    Larvitar larva + tar
    Pupitar pupa + tar
    Tyranitar tyrant + tar
    Lugia - directly romanized versions of theirapanese names
    Ho-oh - comes from Houou, a type of phoenix
    Celebi celestial + being
    Treecko tree + gecko
    Grovyle grove + reptile
    Sceptile sceptor or forceps + reptile
    Torchic torch + chick
    Combusken combust + chicken
    Blaziken blaz(e/ing) + chicken
    Mudkip mud + skip (or mudskipper, a kind of fish)
    Marshtomp march or marsh + stomp
    Swampert swamp + rampart
    Poochyena poochy + hyena
    Mightyena mighty + hyena
    Zigzagoon zig-zag + raccoon
    Linoone line + raccoon
    Wurmple worm + apple
    Silcoon silk + cocoon
    Beautifly beautiful + butterfly
    Cascoon cast/casket + cocoon
    Dustox dust + toxic
    Lotad lotus + tadpole
    Lombre the Spanish word "hombre" actually means "man", which makes sense because the Pokedex says that it looks like a human child...
    Ludicolo a play on "Rudicolo" the spanish word for rediculous
    Seedot seed + dot
    Nuzleaf nuzzle + leaf
    Shiftry shift + tree
    Nincada ninja + cicada
    Ninjask ninja + mask
    Shedinja shed + ninja
    Taillow tail + swallow
    Swellow swell + swallow
    Shroomish mushroom + ish "like a shroom"
    Breloom umbrella + mushroom
    Spinda spin + panda
    Wingull wing + seagull
    Pelipper pelican + flipper
    Surskit surface + skit
    Masquerain masquerade + rain
    Wailmer wale + wail + mermaid
    Wailord wale + wail + lord
    Skitty skittish + kitty
    Delcatty delicate + cat + kitty
    Kecleon romanization of its japanese name, Kakureon; that name comes from kakureru (to conceal oneself) + chameleon
    Baltoy balance/baltic + toy
    Claydol clay + doll
    Nosepass nose + compass
    Torkoal torch or tortoise + coal
    Sableye sable + eye
    Barboach barb + loach
    Whiscash whisker + catfish
    Luvdisc love + disk
    Corphish core + crayfish
    Crawdaunt crawdad + daunt
    Feebas feeble + bass
    Milotic - ???
    Carvanha carve + piranha
    Sharpedo shark + torpedo
    Trapinch trap + pinch
    Vibrava vibrate + ???
    Flygon fly(ing) + dragon
    Makuhita - a rank you can achive through Sumo Wrestling
    Hariyama - a rank you can achive through Sumo Wrestling
    Electrike electric + strike
    Manectric mane + electric
    Numel numb + camel
    Camerupt camel + erupt
    Spheal sphere + seal
    Sealeo seal + leo
    Walrein walrus + rein/rain/reign
    Cacnea cactus + ???
    Cacturne cactus + nocturne
    Snorunt snow + runt
    Glalie glacier + ???
    Lunatone lunar (moon) + stone
    Solrock solar (sun) + rock
    Azurill azure + rill
    Spoink spring + oink
    Grumpig grum or grumpy + pig
    Plusle plus
    Minun minus
    Mawile maw + wil(e/y)
    Meditite meditate (Spelled funny. XD)
    Medicham meditate + champion
    Swablu swab + blue
    Altaria altitude + aria
    Wynaut derived from the phrase why not?
    Duskull dusk + skull
    Dusclops dusk + cyclops
    Roselia - rose + camelia (kind of flower)
    Slakoth slack + sloth
    Vigoroth vigorous + sloth
    Slaking slack + king
    Gulpin gulping the g
    Swalot swallow + a lot
    Tropius tropical + brontosaurus
    Chimecho chime + echo
    Whismur whisper + murmur
    Loudred loud + red/dread
    Exploud explode + loud
    Clamperl clamp + pearl
    Huntail hunt + tail
    Gorebyss gore + abyss
    Absol the absence of Sol (basically the opposite of the sun)
    Shuppet - shame + puppet
    Banette banshee + marionette
    Seviper sever + viper
    Zangoose zany + mongoose
    Relicanth relic + coelacanth (an ancient fish, found recently off the coast of Madagascar)
    Aron iron
    Lairon lair + iron
    Aggron aggressive + iron
    Castform form + forecast
    Volbeat volt + beat
    Illumise illuminate
    Lilleep lilly + weep
    Cradily crawl/cradle + lilly
    Anorith - armor + monolith
    Armaldo armor + armadillo
    Ralts - anagram of "relates" (it relates to its trainer's feelings)
    Kirlia derived from Kirlian photography, developed by Seymon Kirlian, to photograph the magnetic force each of us gives off (1939)
    Gardevoir devoir (to have to) + guard
    Bagon bang (it bangs its head against rocks) + dragon
    Shelgon shell + dragon
    Salamence salamander + commence
    Beldum dumbbell cut in half and then reversed
    Metang metal + tang (meaning "point")
    Metagross metal + gross
    Regirock rock + regicide (to kill a king)
    Regice ice + regicide (to kill a king)
    Registeel steel + regicide (to kill a king)
    Kyogre Kai (meaning God) + Orca (whale)
    Groudon ground + don (means mastadon)
    Rayquaza directly romanized versions of their Japanese names
    Latias - directly romanized versions of their Japanese names
    Latios - directly romanized versions of their Japanese names
    Jirachi - Russian word for "wish."
    Deoxys deoxyribonucleic + s

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    Well there you have it. I've edited this from the older thread. I used everyone's suggestions from the older thread as well to fill in a few spaces. Feel free to comment here and post your ideas on some that don't have meanings or are missing parts.

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    Old March 24th, 2005 (2:27 PM).
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    I have some. XD

    Poliwag seems to come more from the word "pollywog" (another name for a tadpole; not certain about spelling) than from the actual word "tadpole"...

    Kecleon - romanization of its japanese name, Kakureon; that name comes from kakureru (to conceal oneself) + chameleon

    Hoppip could also very likely be hop + pip (a name for any kind of small seed).

    Ho-oh comes from Houou, a type of phoenix.

    Togetic...probably goes to something like "toge" + chick, since its japanese name is Togechikku, and "chikku" could also be written as "chick" (why the official translation is "tic", I have no idea).

    And if I may be picky with spelling for a moment...the word for snail in Magcargo's name is spelled "escargot". (the 't' is silent)

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    Old March 24th, 2005 (2:52 PM).
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      Oooh, those are some good ones Cowire. ^___^ I think the Poliwag one will make more sense than it did before. XD I'll edit the others you had as well. =3 I'll edit them into the list. ^o^

      *edits*

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      when this thread was open before, I posted a link to this GameFAQS page, which pretty much explains everything, including many of the blanks Kelsey left above. XD

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      Old March 25th, 2005 (11:50 AM).
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        Whoa...so I see. XD *pokes Game FAQs* Well there you have it! Use that link to learn about the blanks I left. XD I'd edit the list if only the Game FAQs thing would start working. ;P

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          Old March 26th, 2005 (4:20 PM).
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            Quote:
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            when this thread was open before, I posted a link to this GameFAQS page, which pretty much explains everything, including many of the blanks Kelsey left above. XD
            Mwar, I saved that ages ago

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              Thanks, I've been trying to find the more recent ones.

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                Theories...

                For Cleffa, its probably Clef + Fa (you know, if you take music, you know the 7 notes....Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do)

                Meditite is meditate, only its spelled different to make it more interesting. XD

                Medicham is meditate + champion.

                Deoxys is deoxyribonucleic acid. with an S.

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                  That link doesn't work... I don't think you can direct link to the page.

                  Anyways, I think there are some corrections to be made...

                  -The "chu" in the Pikachu family is the sound a mouse makes. And the "pika" comes from a Japanese onomatopeia for the sound of lightning sparks.

                  -The "ran" in Nidoran could have something to do with monsters or rascals, based on my observations.

                  -All Pokemon with "dos" in their names are the second of something, whether it's a group or an evolution line. Which makes sense considering the Spanish word for 2.

                  -Pokemon with "gol" in their names could be comsidered "as good as gold"

                  Ninetales: Well duh--it has nine tails!
                  Golbat: The "gol" could come from "gulp"...
                  Gloom: green bloom?
                  Mankey: maniac + monkey
                  Poliwag: The "wag" is there because it has a tail that can wag.
                  Abra/Kadabra: Hee hee, it's a magic word split in two!
                  Arbok/Kadabra: I guess the K's in there just to make the name look better.
                  Snorlax: snore + relax
                  Igglybuff: Iggly just sounds like a cute baby word... And the "buff" just means it's strong or something, or tough.
                  Raikou: Again, "rai" means thunder...
                  Entei: I think it comes from some sort of fire god Inti...
                  Suicune: The "sui" most likely means "water" or "sea", and the "cune" is just a title or adress, like a mister or something. (kun)
                  Celebi: The "bi" signifies that it looks kind of like a bug (bee).
                  Sceptile: sceptor or forceps + reptile
                  Ludicolo: Its name could also come from "melodic" and "color".
                  Baltoy: The "bal" could be "ball", since balls are considered toys... And its head is almost ball-shaped.
                  Feebas: The "fee" could also come from "feed", since you need to feed it Pokeblocks to make it evolve.
                  Milotic: It could could come from the sculpture Venus de Milo, and the word "exotic"...
                  Tropius: tropical brontosaurus
                  Shuppet: It's more likely to be shadow + puppet...
                  Rayquaza: Considering the fact it lives far away from civilization, it can be compared to a quasar, which is a starlike object in the outer edges of the universe. (quaza)
                  Latias/Latios: Again, the "as" or "os" signifies gender... And, "osu" also means "male" in Japanese.
                  Jirachi: I think it's the Russian word for wish...

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                    Oooooh, you all have great ideas. =O I'll go and add in the new definitions. X3

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                      Oh one other thing I forgot:

                      Crobat could come from "acrobat" without the first letter. Crobat does fly around stealthily like an "air acrobat" so maybe that's where it got it's name. (It sure makes more sense than crowbar...)

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                        My ideas ;

                        Crobat: Cro (Kuro)=Black, Bat=Bat
                        Suicune: Sui=Water, Cune=Way of addressing a important person (like a tyrant: Boukun/cune)
                        Entei: En=From KaEn (fire), Tei=Teiou (king)
                        Raikou: Rai=Thunder, Kou=Koutei (lord)

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                          a pika is a small rodent. magikarp...carp, by some generic japanese legend, turn into dragons once they reach they swim to the top of a waterfall...that explains gyarados or whetevr it's name is...there is indded an actual insect called a weedle that burrows under skin... and relicanth is a play off the coelocanth, an ancient fish thought to have gone extinct until living specimen were found in 1930 something

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                          The rodent "pika" has nothing to do with Pikachu, and, as I've heard on a nature show, is pronounced "Pai-ka". Also, according to my Japanese dictionary, "pika pika suru" means "glittering" or "sparking".

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                            why dont you know garados's name

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                                For Togepi there's another meaning, but it's in korean. There's this little goblin called Dogebi and it has three spikes at the top of its head and that kinda explains Togepi. And for Ho-oh, there's this colorful Hawaiin bird called a Oh-oh and that also kinda explains Ho-oh.

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                                  And for Ho-oh, there's this colorful Hawaiin bird called a Oh-oh and that also kinda explains Ho-oh.
                                  I think Ho-Oh comes from the Japanese, 鳳凰 (Houou), which bascially means a phoenix.

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                                    you know theres a rodent called the pika so you could be right about it being japanesse. But it makes more sence that Pikachu's (a rodent) name comes from the Mouse Pika, heres a image of it...
                                    isn't it cute? It even looks kinda like Pikachu. The nose is only slightly off the face , the eyes aren't to small or really big there in the middle, the back legs are even big at the end. The Pika also stands on it's back legs and looks even more like a pikachu!

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                                    Why is Caterpie Caterpillar+Pie? Why is it pie?

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                                      Gyarados - Gyara- "It's probably a Chinese dragon." Dos - "Spanish for 2?"

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                                        The pie in caterpie means Cutie-pie like that.
                                        Mmmm.... Pie

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