animate thing

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Noun1.animate thing - a living (or once living) entityanimate thing - a living (or once living) entity  
whole, unit - an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity; "how big is that part compared to the whole?"; "the team is a unit"
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
life - living things collectively; "the oceans are teeming with life"
biont - a discrete unit of living matter
cell - (biology) the basic structural and functional unit of all organisms; they may exist as independent units of life (as in monads) or may form colonies or tissues as in higher plants and animals
viability - (of living things) capable of normal growth and development
young, immature - (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth; "young people"
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References in classic literature ?
"Aside from seeing you, which is my principal reason for being here, and satisfying myself that I can transport inanimate things from Mars to Earth, and therefore animate things if I so desire, I have no purpose.
That lane was as perverse as any in animate thing could be.
He receives no encouragement from his family and his relatives who believe that drawing animate things is an act of blasphemy; they say that he is destined to burn in hell for drawing things only god can create.