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animal meaning

EN[ˈænəməl]
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  • Animals are multicellular, eukaryotic organisms of the kingdom Animalia (also called Metazoa). All animals are motile, meaning they can move spontaneously and independently, at some point in their lives.
  • Most known animal phyla appeared in the fossil record as marine species during the Cambrian explosion, about 542 million years ago.
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    Definition of animal in English Dictionary

  • 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
            • to surcharge an animal or a ship; to surcharge a cannon
            • The animals were perfused with 4% paraformaldehyde (PFA; JT Baker, JTS898-7), after a saline preflush of 50mL that was used to remove the blood.
            • Further development will aim to develop phagosensors adapted on demand to the detection of any human or animal pathogen that may be present in water.
          2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
            • Animals were acclimated for 7 days and then randomly assigned to a control AIN-93M (10% kcals from fat) or a HF (45% kcals from fat; Harlan Teklad, TD.06415) diet for 24 wk.
            • Animal models used supraphysiologic doses than that in human.
            • 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.
          3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
            • Histopathologically, fibrinopurulent bronchopneumonia with multifocal areas of necrosis and pleuritis was seen in the lungs of infected animals.
            • 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.
            • Some essence of dogitude shines through all the caprices of taste and breeding that humans have applied to the animal.
        • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
          1. Adjectives
            • Uncomparable adjectives
            • Nouns
              • Countable nouns
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            2. en animals
            3. fr animale
            4. en animalic
            5. en animally
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            Grammatically, this word "animal" is an adjective, more specifically, an uncomparable adjective. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun.
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