mammal meaning

  • Mammals (class Mammalia /məˈmeɪli.ə/) are a clade of endothermic amniotes distinguished from reptiles and birds by the possession of hair, three middle ear bones, mammary glands, and a neocortex (a region of the brain).
  • The word "mammal" is modern, from the scientific name Mammalia coined by Carl Linnaeus in 1758, derived from the Latin mamma ("teat, pap"). All female mammals nurse their young with milk, which is secreted from special glands, the mammary glands.
  • Except for the five species of monotremes (egg-laying mammals), all modern mammals give birth to live young. Most mammals, including the six most species-rich orders, belong to the placental group.

    Definition of mammal in English Dictionary

  • NounPLmammals
    1. An animal of the class Mammalia, characterized by being warm-blooded, having hair and feeding milk to its young.
      1. (paleontology) A vertebrate with three bones in the inner ear and one in the jaw.
      2. More Examples
        1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
          • These are not minor issues because the regional extinctions of small mammals are a widespread phenomenon in southern South America and have involved several sigmodontine and caviomorph rodent species.
          • Humans and other mammals reproduce with their genitals.
      • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
        1. Nouns
          • Countable nouns
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        Meaning of mammal for the defined word.

        Grammatically, this word "mammal" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun.
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