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animal meaning

EN[ˈænəməl]
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  • Animals are multicellular, eukaryotic organisms of the kingdom Animalia (also called Metazoa). Most known animal phyla appeared in the fossil record as marine species during the Cambrian explosion,
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  • NounPLanimals
    1. In scientific usage, a multicellular organism that is usually mobile, whose cells are not encased in a rigid cell wall (distinguishing it from plants and fungi) and which derives energy solely from the consumption of other organisms (distinguishing it from plants).
      1. A cat is an animal, not a plant. Humans are also animals, under the scientific definition, as we are not plants. ‎
    2. In non-scientific usage, any member of the kingdom Animalia other than a human being.
      1. In non-scientific usage, any land-living vertebrate (i.e. not birds, fishes, insects etc.).
        1. Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame. With more settled people, animals were harnessed to capstans or caged in treadmills to turn grist into meal.
      2. (figuratively) A person who behaves wildly; a bestial, brutal, brutish, cruel, or inhuman person.
        1. My students are animals. ‎
      3. INF A person of a particular type.
        1. a political animal
    3. Adjective
      1. Of or relating to animals.
        1. animal instincts
      2. Raw, base, unhindered by social codes.
        1. animal passions
      3. Pertaining to the spirit or soul; relating to sensation or innervation.
        1. SLA (Ireland) Excellent.
        2. More Examples
          1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
            • By the superficial observer moss animals or bryozoans (Bryozoa) are easily confused with the sponges, although bryozoans differ remarkably from the latter creatures of a far more complex organisation.
            • Some animals reingest their own faeces to extract further nutrients.
            • In addition, PER has shown broad-spectrum antiepileptic activity when administered orally in preclinical animal models, including antimyoclonic activity.
          2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
            • Animals were sacrificed on day 21 under deep anesthetisation with chloral hydrate.
            • Animals were staged according to accepted criteria and only adults (range of carapace width: 8–9 cm) in intermolt stage were used in the present study.
            • Animals within Sedentaria have more sedentary lifestyles and other traits associated with sessility such as reduced sensory organs and parapodia.
          3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
            • We describe here a novel approach to infectiology for salmonid fish where blood samples are collected repeatedly in a small group of PIT-tagged animals.
            • Histopathologically, fibrinopurulent bronchopneumonia with multifocal areas of necrosis and pleuritis was seen in the lungs of infected animals.
            • The herdowner was advised not to breed from the affected animal.

        Meaning of animal for the defined word.

        Grammatically, this word "animal" is an adjective, more specifically, an uncomparable adjective. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun.
        • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
          1. Adjectives
            • Uncomparable adjectives
            • Nouns
              • Countable nouns
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