animal heat

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animal heat

The heat generated in the body of a warm-blooded vertebrate as the result of its physiological and metabolic processes.

an′imal heat`

heat produced in a living animal by any of various metabolic activities.
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The animal heat is the result of a slow combustion, and disease and death take place when this is too rapid; or for want of fuel, or from some defect in the draught, the fire goes out.
roared the newly appointed sheriff; “is there not warmth enough in ‘Duke’s best Madeira to keep up the animal heat through this thaw?
By a dexterous piece of mimicry, she had made a living reality of one of the most insipid characters in the English drama; and she had roused to enthusiasm an audience of two hundred exiles from the blessings of ventilation, all simmering together in their own animal heat.

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