domestic animal


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domes′tic an′imal


n.
a relatively docile animal kept by humans for work or food or as a pet.
[1850–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.domestic animal - any of various animals that have been tamed and made fit for a human environmentdomestic animal - any of various animals that have been tamed and made fit for a human environment
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
feeder - an animal being fattened or suitable for fattening
stocker - a domestic animal (especially a young steer or heifer) kept as stock until fattened or matured and suitable for a breeding establishment
head - a single domestic animal; "200 head of cattle"
Canis familiaris, dog, domestic dog - a member of the genus Canis (probably descended from the common wolf) that has been domesticated by man since prehistoric times; occurs in many breeds; "the dog barked all night"
domestic cat, Felis catus, Felis domesticus, house cat - any domesticated member of the genus Felis
stray - an animal that has strayed (especially a domestic animal)
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Not a single domestic animal can be named which has not in some country drooping ears; and the view suggested by some authors, that the drooping is due to the disuse of the muscles of the ear, from the animals not being much alarmed by danger, seems probable.
At the time there was not even a domestic animal in the field.
I had long since learnt to understand, composedly and as a matter of course, that my situation in life was considered a guarantee against any of my female pupils feeling more than the most ordinary interest in me, and that I was admitted among beautiful and captivating women much as a harmless domestic animal is admitted among them.
Virtue for them is what maketh modest and tame: therewith have they made the wolf a dog, and man himself man's best domestic animal.
On all fours amongst the puddles, wet and begrimed, like a sort of amphibious and domestic animal living in ash-bins and dirty water, she uttered the usual exordium: "It's all very well for you, kept doing nothing like a gentleman.
She soon finished her eating, and having a consciousness that Clare was regarding her, began to trace imaginary patterns on the tablecloth with her forefinger with the constraint of a domestic animal that perceives itself to be watched.
Do you see, Barbicane," said Michel, "we should have made a second Noah's ark of this projectile, and borne with us to the moon a couple of every kind of domestic animal.
As one of the lower domestic animals, you cannot be expected to know much, but you might know something.
The only domestic animals among the natives were horses and dogs.
It is argued that self-interest will prevent excessive cruelty; as if self-interest protected our domestic animals, which are far less likely than degraded slaves, to stir up the rage of their savage masters.
On this trip I tasted the first meat I had eaten since leaving Earth--large, juicy steaks and chops from the well-fed domestic animals of the farms.
I had never guessed precisely what it was that was lacking to life in Pellucidar, but now I knew it was the total absence of domestic animals.

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