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definition of the word mammal

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Modern Latin Mammalia, coined 1758 by Linnaeus for the class of mammals, from neuter plural of Late Latin mammalis of the breast, from Latin mamma breast, perhaps cognate with mamma (mother).

Singular
mammal

Plural
mammals

mammal (plural mammals)

  1. An animal of the class Mammalia, characterized by being warm-blooded, having hair and feeding milk to its young.
  2. (paleontology) A vertebrate with three bones in the inner ear and one in the jaw.


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