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animal (organism)

Definition:

a living organism characterized by voluntary movement

Class:

noun (persons, places, or things)

Related to:

animalise | animalize

Derivatives:

zoic | zoological

Plural:

animals

Member of:

Animalia

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

animate being | beast | brute | creature | fauna | beastie [informal] | critter [informal]

Etymology:

(but rare before end of 16th century, and not in K.J.V.), "any living creature"...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of animal...

Definition references  (+images)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

animal [biology]

any of a group of multicellular eukaryotic organisms. They are thought to have evolved independently from the unicellular eukaryotes. Animals differ ... (21 of 1231 words, 23 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/25501​/animal

Wikipedia:

Animal | Animals | Animalia | Metazoa

multicellular, eukaryotic organisms of the kingdom Animalia or Metazoa. Their body plan eventually becomes fixed as they develop, although some undergo a process of metamorphosis later on in their life. Most animals are motile, meaning they can move ... (38 of 5364 words, 11 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Animal

Animal (disambiguation)

a taxonomic member of the Kingdom Animalia. For biologists, this includes human beings, although for the general public the ... | Animal, nickname of a regular character in Takeshi's Castle, played by Brad Lesley | Animal (1977 film), French film ... (38 of 735 words, 70 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Animal (disambiguation)

Wiktionary:

animal | animals [plural] | beast [synonym, sense-specific] | creature [synonym, sense-specific] | brute [synonym, sense-specific] | monster [synonym, sense-specific] | savage [synonym, sense-specific] | beastly [synonym, sense-specific] | bestial [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

In scientific usage, a multicellular organism that is usually mobile, whose cells are not encased in a rigid cell wall ... | In non-scientific usage, any member of the kingdom Animalia other than a human being. | In non-scientific usage, any... (39 of 159 words, 9 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/animal

Collins Dictionary:

animal | carnal [synonym, sense-specific] | sensual [synonym, sense-specific]

[zoology] any living organism characterized by voluntary movement, the ... | any mammal, especially any mammal except man | a brutish person | ... (20 of 645 words, 7 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/animal

Columbia Encyclopedia:

animal

any member of the animal kingdom (kingdom Animalia), as distinguished from organisms of the plant kingdom (kingdom Plantae) and the kingdoms Fungi, ... (22 of 376 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0804080​.html

Oxford Dictionary:

animal | vegetal [antonym, sense-specific]

a living organism which feeds on organic matter, typically having specialized sense organs and nervous system and able to respond rapidly to stimuli | ... (23 of 325 words, 9 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/animal

Merriam-Webster:

animal [entry 1, noun] | vertebrate [synonym, sense-specific] | matter [synonym, sense-specific] | mammal [synonym, sense-specific] | also [synonym, sense-specific] | broadly [synonym, sense-specific] | thing [synonym, sense-specific] | beast [synonym, sense-specific] | beastie [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

any of a kingdom (Animalia) of living things including many-celled ... | one of the lower animals as distinguished from human beings ; "mammal"; ... (23 of 239 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/animal

animal [entry 2, adjective] | sensual [synonym, sense-specific] | fleshly [synonym, sense-specific] | physical [synonym, sense-specific] | bodily [synonym, sense-specific] | carnal [synonym, sense-specific] | corporal [synonym, sense-specific] | corporeal [synonym, sense-specific] | material [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

of, relating to, resembling, or derived from animals | of or relating to the physical or sentient as contrasted with the intellectual or rational ; ... (24 of 140 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/animal show=1

Macmillan British Dictionary:

animal [countable] | animals [plural]

[biology] any living thing that can move independently and that has senses ... | [informal] someone who behaves in a very violent, cruel, or rude way ... (25 of 162 words, 3 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/animal

animal [only before noun, adjective]

relating to animals | relating to people's basic physical needs such as food and sex (14 of 55 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/animal 17

Random House Dictionary:

animal | thing [synonym, sense-specific]

any member of the kingdom Animalia, comprising multicellular organisms that ... | any such living thing other than a human being. | a mammal, as ... (23 of 157 words, 8 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/animal

American Heritage Dictionary:

animal

A multicellular organism of the kingdom Animalia, differing from plants in ... | An animal organism other than a human, especially a mammal. | A ... (23 of 153 words, 7 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/animal

New World Dictionary:

animal | animally [adverb, related]

any of a kingdom (Animalia) of eukaryotes generally characterized by a ... | any such organism other than a human being, especially a mammal or, ... (24 of 119 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/animal

Cambridge Dictionary:

animal [entry 1]

something that lives and moves but is not a human, bird, fish or insect | anything that lives and moves, including people, birds, etc. (23 of 59 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/animal 1

animal [entry 2, informal]

an unpleasant, cruel person or someone who behaves badly (9 of 29 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/animal 2

animal [entry 3]

used to describe what type of person or thing someone or something is (13 of 58 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/animal 3

animal [entry 4]

made or obtained from an animal or animals | relating to, or taking the form of, an animal or animals rather than a plant or human being (26 of 51 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/animal 4

animal [entry 5, usually before noun]

relating to physical desires or needs, and not spiritual or mental ones (12 of 49 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/animal 5

Encarta Dictionary:

animal | animals [plural]

a living organism that is distinguished from plants by independent movement and responsive sense organs | a land mammal other than a human being | ... (23 of 124 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861585667​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

animal

First use: early 14th century

Origin: (but rare before end of 16th century, and not in K.J.V.), "any living creature" (including humans), from Latin animale "living being, being ... (25 of 82 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=animal

Wiktionary:

animal | animals [plural]

Origin: Middle English animal, from Old French animal, from Latin animal, a nominal use of an adjective... | Latin animalis, from either anima ("breath, spirit") or animus. Originally distinct from the noun, it... (31 of 78 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/animal

New World Dictionary:

animal

Origin: Latin, living being from anima, animus, breath, air, life principle, soul from Indo-European base *ane-, to breathe, exhale ... (18 of 30 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/animal

Oxford Dictionary:

animal

Origin: Middle English: the noun from Latin animal, based on Latin animalis "having breath" from anima "breath"; the adjective via Old ... (20 of 24 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/animal

American Heritage Dictionary:

animal

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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/animal

Collins Dictionary:

animal

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Latin animal (n), from animālis (adj) living, breathing; see anima

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/animal

Merriam-Webster:

animal [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin, from animale, neuter of animalis animate, from anima soul

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/animal

Encarta Dictionary:

animal | animals [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin animale from animalis "living, breathing" from anima "breath, life, soul"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861585667​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

animal | animals [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "animal"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/animal

Collins Dictionary:

animal

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "animal"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/animal

Macmillan British Dictionary:

animal [countable] | animals [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "animal"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/animal

animal [only before noun, adjective]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "animal"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/animal 17

Macmillan American Dictionary:

animal [countable] | animals [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "animal"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/animal

animal [only before noun, adjective]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "animal"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/animal 17

Cambridge Dictionary:

animal [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "animal"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "animal"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/animal 1

the Free Dictionary:

animal

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "animal"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "animal"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "animal" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/animal

Google Dictionary:

animal | animals [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "animal"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=animal

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

animal

Audio: North American pronunciation of "animal"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=animal​01 word=animal

YourDictionary Audio:

animal

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "animal" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/animal

freedictionary.org:

animal

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "animal" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=animal

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