Dumb animal

any animal except man; - usually restricted to a domestic quadruped; - so called in contradistinction to man, who is a "speaking animal."

See also: Dumb

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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`Uncle Jim, ain't a codfish a dumb animal?' I'd been a-telling him, you see, that he must be real kind to dumb animals, and never hurt 'em in any way.
His upturned face seemed to have in it all the passionate pleading of a dumb animal.
Maggie turned away from the table and threw herself into a chair, with the big tears ready to roll down her cheeks, quite blinded to the presence of Bob, who was looking at her with the pursuant gaze of an intelligent dumb animal, with perceptions more perfect than his comprehension.
The Turks have an innate antipathy to taking the life of any dumb animal, it is said.
I could weep at being left by the wayside; left with the grass and the clouds and a few dumb animals. True, I feel at home in the society of these symbols of life's immutability.
And I beg of you, let her have her way with the dumb animals - they are her worship.
A great many gentlemen do not use check-reins now; our carriage horses have not worn them for fifteen years, and work with much less fatigue than those who have them; besides," she added in a very serious voice, "we have no right to distress any of God's creatures without a very good reason; we call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.
Oh, sometimes people annoy me dreadfully-- such airs they put on--talking about `the dumb animals.' DUMB!--Huh!
I have had too much experience with dumb animals to bank very strongly on any sense of gratitude which may be attributed to them by inexperienced sentimen-talists.
Indeed he had been known to go so far as to boast that he could utterly quell and subdue the haughtiest beauty by a simple process, which he termed 'eyeing her over;' but it must be added, that neither of this faculty, nor of the power he claimed to have, through the same gift, of vanquishing and heaving down dumb animals, even in a rabid state, had he ever furnished evidence which could be deemed quite satisfactory and conclusive.
"When the houses had been rendered wholesome, and their inmates gradually persuaded to feed and clothe themselves better, I wanted the dumb animals to feel the benefit of these beginnings of civilization.
On the plantation in Virginia, and even later, meals were gotten by the children very much as dumb animals get theirs.