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an·i·mal

 (ăn′ə-məl)
n.
1. Any of numerous multicellular eukaryotic organisms of the kingdom Metazoa (or Animalia) that ingest food rather than manufacturing it themselves and are usually able to move about during at least part of their life cycle. Sponges, jellyfishes, flatworms, mollusks, arthropods, and vertebrates are animals.
2. An animal organism other than a human, especially a mammal.
3. A person who behaves in a bestial or brutish manner.
4. A human considered with respect to his or her physical nature, as opposed to rational or spiritual nature.
5. A person having a specified aptitude or set of interests: "that rarest of musical animals, an instrumentalist who is as comfortable on a podium with a stick as he is playing his instrument" (Lon Tuck).
adj.
1. Relating to, characteristic of, or derived from an animal or animals, especially when not human: animal cells; animal welfare.
2. Relating to the physical as distinct from the rational or spiritual nature of people: animal instincts and desires.

[Middle English, from Latin, from animāle, neuter of animālis, living, from anima, soul; see anə- in Indo-European roots.]

animal

(ˈænɪməl)
n
1. (Zoology) zoology any living organism characterized by voluntary movement, the possession of cells with noncellulose cell walls and specialized sense organs enabling rapid response to stimuli, and the ingestion of complex organic substances such as plants and other animals.
2. any mammal, esp any mammal except man
3. a brutish person
4. facetious a person or thing (esp in the phrase no such animal)
5. (Automotive Engineering) informal Austral a very dirty car
adj
6. (Animals) of, relating to, or derived from animals: animal products; an animal characteristic.
7. of or relating to the physical needs or desires; carnal; sensual
[C14: from Latin animal (n), from animālis (adj) living, breathing; see anima]

an•i•mal

(ˈæn ə məl)

n.
1. any member of the kingdom Animalia, comprising multicellular organisms that have a well-defined shape and usu. limited growth, can move voluntarily, actively acquire food and digest it internally, and have sensory and nervous systems that allow them to respond rapidly to stimuli.
2. any such living thing other than a human being.
3. a mammal, as opposed to a fish, bird, etc.
4. the physical or carnal nature of human beings; animality.
5. an inhuman person; brutish or beastlike person.
6. thing: A perfect job? Is there any such animal?
adj.
7. of, pertaining to, or derived from animals: animal fats.
8. pertaining to the physical or carnal nature of humans, rather than their spiritual or intellectual nature: animal needs.
[1300–50; < Latin, n. derivative of animāle, neuter of animālis living, animate =anim(a) air, breath + -ālis -al1]
an`i•mal′ic (-ˈmæl ɪk) an`i•ma′li•an (-ˈmeɪ li ən, -ˈmeɪl yən) adj.
an′i•mal•ly, adv.
syn: See carnal.

an·i·mal

(ăn′ə-məl)
Any of a wide variety of multicellular organisms, most of which have a digestive tract, a nervous system, the ability to move voluntarily, and specialized sensory organs for recognizing and responding to their environment. Animals cannot manufacture their own food and must feed on plants, other animals, or other organic matter. Animals are grouped as a separate kingdom in taxonomy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.animal - a living organism characterized by voluntary movementanimal - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
ritual killing, sacrifice - the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity
tracking, trailing - the pursuit (of a person or animal) by following tracks or marks they left behind
animal kingdom, Animalia, kingdom Animalia - taxonomic kingdom comprising all living or extinct animals
pest - any unwanted and destructive insect or other animal that attacks food or crops or livestock etc.; "he sprayed the garden to get rid of pests"; "many pests have developed resistance to the common pesticides"
critter - a regional term for `creature' (especially for domestic animals)
creepy-crawly - an animal that creeps or crawls (such as worms or spiders or insects)
darter - a person or other animal that moves abruptly and rapidly; "squirrels are darters"
peeper - an animal that makes short high-pitched sounds
homeotherm, homoiotherm, homotherm - an animal that has a body temperature that is relatively constant and independent of the environmental temperature
ectotherm, poikilotherm - an animal whose body temperature varies with the temperature of its surroundings; any animal except birds and mammals
range animal - any animal that lives and grazes in the grassy open land of western North America (especially horses, cattle, sheep)
varment, varmint - any usually predatory wild animal considered undesirable; e.g., coyote
scavenger - any animal that feeds on refuse and other decaying organic matter
work animal - an animal trained for and used for heavy labor
domestic animal, domesticated animal - any of various animals that have been tamed and made fit for a human environment
feeder - an animal that feeds on a particular source of food; "a bark feeder"; "a mud feeder"
migrator - an animal (especially birds and fish) that travels between different habitats at particular times of the year
molter, moulter - an animal (especially birds and arthropods and reptiles) that periodically shed their outer layer (feathers or cuticle or skin or hair)
pet - a domesticated animal kept for companionship or amusement
stayer - a person or other animal having powers of endurance or perseverance; "the horse that won the race is a good stayer"
stunt - a creature (especially a whale) that has been prevented from attaining full growth
marine animal, marine creature, sea animal, sea creature - any of numerous animals inhabiting the sea including e.g. fishes and molluscs and many mammals
female - an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)
male - an animal that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova)
adult - any mature animal
young, offspring - any immature animal
pureblood, purebred, thoroughbred - a pedigreed animal of unmixed lineage; used especially of horses
giant - any creature of exceptional size
survivor - an animal that survives in spite of adversity; "only the fittest animals were survivors of the cold winters"
mutant - an animal that has undergone mutation
herbivore - any animal that feeds chiefly on grass and other plants; "horses are herbivores"; "the sauropod dinosaurs were apparently herbivores"
insectivore - any organism that feeds mainly on insects
acrodont - an animal having teeth consolidated with the summit of the alveolar ridge without sockets
pleurodont - an animal having teeth fused with the inner surface of the alveolar ridge without sockets
microorganism, micro-organism - any organism of microscopic size
actinomycete - any bacteria (some of which are pathogenic for humans and animals) belonging to the order Actinomycetales
zooplankton - animal constituent of plankton; mainly small crustaceans and fish larvae
conceptus, fertilized egg, embryo - an animal organism in the early stages of growth and differentiation that in higher forms merge into fetal stages but in lower forms terminate in commencement of larval life
chordate - any animal of the phylum Chordata having a notochord or spinal column
invertebrate - any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification
metazoan - any animal of the subkingdom Metazoa; all animals except protozoans and sponges
omnivore - an animal that feeds on both animal and vegetable substances
predatory animal, predator - any animal that lives by preying on other animals
prey, quarry - animal hunted or caught for food
game - animal hunted for food or sport
Adj.1.animal - marked by the appetites and passions of the body; "animal instincts"; "carnal knowledge"; "fleshly desire"; "a sensual delight in eating"; "music is the only sensual pleasure without vice"
physical - involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit; "physical exercise"; "physical suffering"; "was sloppy about everything but her physical appearance"

animal

noun
1. creature, beast, brute He was attacked by wild animals.
2. brute, devil, monster, savage, beast, bastard (informal, offensive), villain, barbarian, swine (informal), wild man He was an animal in his younger days.
adjective
1. physical, gross, fleshly, bodily, sensual, carnal, brutish, bestial When he was drunk, he showed his animal side.
Related words
prefix zoo-
like zoomania, zoophilia
enthusiast zoophile
fear zoophobia
see amphibians, birds, dinosaurs, fish, insects, invertebrates, mammals, reptiles
Quotations
"Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal" [Charles Darwin]

Animals

Related words  antformic assasinine bearursine beeapian birdavian or ornithic bulltaurine catfeline crabcancroid crowcorvine deercervine dogcanine dovecolumbine eagleaquiline elephantelephantine falconfalconine fishpiscine or icthyoid fowlgallinaceous foxvulpine goatcaprine or hircine gooseanserine or anserous gulllarine hareleporine hawkaccipitrine horseequine lionleonine lynxlyncean mite or tickacaroid monkeysimian oxbovine parrotpsittacine peacockpavonine pigporcine puffinalcidine sealphocine sheepovine snakeserpentine, anguine, ophidian, or colubrine swallowhirundine waspvespine wolflupine
Collective animals  antelopesherd apesshrewdness assespace or herd badgerscete bearssloth beesswarm or grist birdsflock, congregation, flight, or volery bitternssedge or siege boarssounder bucksbrace or lease buffaloesherd capercailziestok catsclowder cattledrove or herd choughschattering coltsrag cootscovert cranesherd, sedge, or siege crowsmurder cubslitter curlewsherd curscowardice deerherd dolphinsschool dovesflight or dule duckspaddling or team dunlinsflight elkgang fishshoal, draught, haul, run, or catch fliesswarm or grist foxesskulk geesegaggle or skein giraffesherd gnatsswarm or cloud goatsherd or tribe goldfinchescharm grousebrood, covey, or pack gullscolony haresdown or husk hawkscast hensbrood heronssedge or siege herringsshoal or glean houndspack, mute, or cry insectsswarm kangaroostroop kittenskindle lapwingsdesert larksexaltation leopardsleap lionspride or troop mallardssord or sute maresstud martensrichesse moleslabour monkeystroop mulesbarren nightingaleswatch owlsparliament oxenyoke, drove, team, or herd partridgescovey peacocksmuster pheasantsnye or nide pigeonsflock or flight pigslitter ploversstand or wing pochardsflight, rush, bunch, or knob poniesherd porpoisesschool or gam poultryrun pupslitter quailsbevy rabbitsnest racehorsesfield or string ravensunkindness roesbevy rooksbuilding or clamour ruffshill sealsherd or pod sheepflock sheldrakesdopping snipewalk or wisp sparrowshost starlingsmurmuration swallowsflight swansherd or bevy swiftsflock swineherd, sounder, or dryft tealbunch, knob, or spring whalesschool, gam, or run whelpslitter whitingpod wigeonbunch, company, knob, or flight wildfowlplump, sord, or sute wolvespack, rout, or herd woodcocksfall
Habitations  antant hill or formicary badgerset or sett beaverlodge beehive or apiary birdnest eagleaerie or eyrie fishredd foxearth otterholt pigsty puffinpuffinry rabbitwarren rookrookery sealsealery squirreldrey or dray termitetermitarium waspvespiary or bike
Male  assjack birdcock cattom deerhart or stag donkeyjack duckdrake elephantbull falcontercel or tiercel ferrethob fowlcock foxdog goatbilly or buck goosegander harebuck horsestallion kangaroobuck or old man lobstercock oxbull peafowlpeacock pigboar rabbitbuck reindeerbuck ruffruff sheepram or tup swancob weaselwhittret whalebull
Female  assjenny birdhen cattabby deerdoe or hind dogbitch donkeyjenny elephantcow ferretgill or jill fowlhen foxvixen goatnanny haredoe horsemare leopardleopardess lionlioness lobsterhen minksow oxcow peafowlpeahen pigsow rabbitdoe ruffreeve sheepewe swanpen tigertigress whalecow wolfbitch wrenjenny
Young  bearcub birdchick, fledg(e)ling, or nestling butterflycaterpillar, chrysalis, or chrysalid catkitten codcodling deerfawn dogpup or puppy duckduckling eagleeaglet eelelver or grig elephantcalf falconeyas ferretkit fishfry or fingerling frogtadpole foxkit or cub goatkid or yeanling goosegosling hareleveret herringalevin, brit, or sparling horsefoal, colt, or filly kangaroojoey lioncub mothcaterpillar owlowlet oxcalf pigpiglet pigeonsquab salmonalevin, grilse, parr, or smolt sealpup sheeplamb or yeanling spratbrit swancygnet tigercub toadtadpole whalecalf wolfcub or whelp
Mammals 
Birds 
Amphibians 
Reptiles 
Dinosaurs 
Fish 
Insects 
Invertebrates 

animal

adjective
Relating to the desires and appetites of the body:
Translations
حَيَوانمَخْلُوق حَيَوانيحيوان
животинскиживотно
zvířezvířecíživočich
dyrdyrisk
animalobesto
loom
حیوان
eläinelukkaeläimellinen
životinjaživotinjskizvijeranimalan
állatállatiélõlénylelki
binatanghewan
dýrdÿrdýrslegdýrslegtdýrslegur
動物
동물
animalanimaleanimalisbestia
gyvūnasplėšrūnasgyvuliųgyvulys
dzīvnieksdzīvnieku-dzīvniecisks
dyrdyriskanimalisk
zwierzęzwierzęcazwierzęcezwierzęcy
animalfiarăsălbatic
živočích
živalzver
djurdjuriskbest
สัตว์
động vật

animal

[ˈænɪməl]
A. N
1. (= not plant) → animal m
man is a political animalel hombre es un animal político
2. (fig) (= thing) → cosa f
there's no such animalno existe tal cosa
they are two different animalsson cosas bien distintas
3. (= person) → animal mf, bestia mf
you animal!¡animal!, ¡bestia!
B. ADJanimal
C. CPD animal cracker N (US) → galletita f de animales
animal fats NPLgrasas fpl de animal
animal husbandry Ncría f de animales
animal instinct Ninstinto m animal
the animal kingdom Nel reino animal
Animal Liberation Front N (Brit) → Frente m de Liberación de los Animales
animal liberationist Nmiembro mf del Frente de Liberación de los Animales
animal lover Namante mf de los animales
animal magnetism N [of person] → atracción f animal, magnetismo m salvaje
animal rights movement Nmovimiento m pro derechos de los animales
animal sanctuary Ncentro m de acogida para animales
animal spirits NPLvitalidad f
animal testing Npruebas fpl de laboratorio con animales

animal

[ˈænɪməl]
n
(lit)animal m
wild animals → animaux sauvages
farm animal → animal de ferme
(fig) (pejorative) (= person) → brute f
(fig) (= creature) a different animal → une espèce d'un autre type party animal
modif
(from animals) [fat, protein, product] → animal(e)
(for animals) [feed] → pour animaux; [shelter, sanctuary] → pour animaux
(involving animals) [cruelty] → sur les animaux
the animal kingdom → le règne animal animal lover, animal welfare
(= basic) [instinct, nature, pleasure] → animal(e)animal experiment nexpérience f sur les animauxanimal fat ngraisse f animaleanimal liberationist n militant du mouvement de libération des animauxanimal lover npersonne f qui aime les animauxanimal magnetism nmagnétisme m animalanimal rights npldroits mpl des animauxanimal rights campaigner ndéfenseur/euse m/f des droits des animauxanimal rights movement nmouvement m en faveur des droits des animauxanimal testing nexpérimentation f animaleanimal welfare nprotection m des animaux

animal

nTier nt; (as opposed to insects etc) → Vierbeiner m; (= brutal person)Bestie f, → Tier nt; man is a social animalder Mensch ist ein soziales Wesen; a political animalein politisches Wesen, ein Zoon politikon nt (geh); there’s no such animal (fig)so was gibt es nicht! (inf); the animal in himdas Tier(ische) or Animalische in ihm; he’s little better than an animaler ist kaum besser als ein Tier
adj attrTier-; fat, products, cruelty, lusttierisch; animal behaviour (Brit) or behavior (US) (lit)das Verhalten der Tiere, tierhaftes Verhalten; (fig: = brutal) → tierisches Verhalten; animal experiments/testingTierversuche pl; animal magnetismrein körperliche Anziehungskraft; animal needs (fig)animalische Bedürfnisse pl; animal spiritsVitalität f; full of animal spiritsausgelassen

animal

:
animal kingdom
nTierreich nt, → Tierwelt f
Animal Liberation Front
n (Brit) militante Tierschützerorganisation
animal lover
nTierfreund(in) m(f)
animal meal
nTiermehl f
animal park
n (US) → Wildpark m
animal rights
plder Tierschutz, Tierrechte pl; animal activist/campaignerTierschützer(in) m(f), → Tierrechtler(in) m(f)
animal sanctuary
animal welfare
nTierschutz m

animal

[ˈænɪməl]
1. nanimale m (pej) (person) → bestia, bruto
2. adjanimale

animal

(ˈӕniməl) noun
1. a living being which can feel things and move freely. man and other animals.
2. an animal other than man. a book on man's attitude to animals; (also adjective) animal behaviour.
animal eater
an animal that eats only other animals. Tigers and lions are animal eaters.

animal

حَيَوان zvíře dyr Tier ζώο animal eläin animal životinja animale 動物 동물 dier dyr zwierzę animal животное djur สัตว์ hayvan động vật 动物

an·i·mal

n. animal.

animal

adj & n animal m; companion — animal de compañía; service — animal de servicio
References in classic literature ?
He looked at the tall trees and was sorry that he was not a little animal to climb high in the air without being frightened.
Strange as it may seem, the giant, though afraid of nothing human and brave when it came to a hand-to-claw argument with a wild animal, had a very great fear of the water and the unseen life within it.
On those bitter, starlit nights, as we sat around the old stove that fed us and warmed us and kept us cheerful, we could hear the coyotes howling down by the corrals, and their hungry, wintry cry used to remind the boys of wonderful animal stories; about grey wolves and bears in the Rockies, wildcats and panthers in the Virginia mountains.
She reminded him of some beautiful, sleek animal waking up in the sun.
The simple admirer of the war-horse instantly fell back to a low, gaunt, switch-tailed mare, that was unconsciously gleaning the faded herbage of the camp nigh by; where, leaning with one elbow on the blanket that concealed an apology for a saddle, he became a spectator of the departure, while a foal was quietly making its morning repast, on the opposite side of the same animal.
There is sad confusion, indeed, when the spirit thus flits away into the past, or into the more awful future, or, in any manner, steps across the spaceless boundary betwixt its own region and the actual world; where the body remains to guide itself as best it may, with little more than the mechanism of animal life.
Looking at him merely as an animal -- and there was very little else to look at -- he was a most satisfactory object, from the thorough healthfulness and wholesomeness of his system, and his capacity, at that extreme age, to enjoy all, or nearly all, the delights which he had ever aimed at or conceived of.
The animal he bestrode was a broken-down plow-horse, that had outlived almost everything but its viciousness.
Utter confusion exists among the historians of this animal (sperm whale), says Surgeon Beale, A.
Now, however preposterous it may at first seem to talk of any creature's skin as being of that sort of consistence and thickness, yet in point of fact these are no arguments against such a presumption; because you cannot raise any other dense enveloping layer from the whale's body but that same blubber; and the outermost enveloping layer of any animal, if reasonably dense, what can that be but the skin?
And that there may be less difficulty in understanding what I am about to say on this subject, I advise those who are not versed in anatomy, before they commence the perusal of these observations, to take the trouble of getting dissected in their presence the heart of some large animal possessed of lungs (for this is throughout sufficiently like the human), and to have shown to them its two ventricles or cavities: in the first place, that in the right side, with which correspond two very ample tubes, viz.
After examining one by one the different theories, rejecting all other suggestions, it becomes necessary to admit the existence of a marine animal of enormous power.