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definition of the word animal

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From Latin animal, a nominal use of an adjective from animale, neuter of animalis adj, from anima ‘breath, spirit’.

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animal (plural animals)

  1. In scientific usage, a multicellular organism that is usually mobile, whose cells are not encased in a rigid cell wall (distinguishing it from plants and fungi) and which derives energy solely from the consumption of other organisms (distinguishing it from plants).
    A cat is an animal, not a plant.
    Humans are also animals, under the scientific definition, as we are not plants.
  2. In non-scientific usage, any member of the kingdom Animalia other than a human being.
  3. In non-scientific usage, any land-living vertebrate (i.e. not birds, fishes, insects etc)
  4. (figuratively) A person who behaves wildly.
    My students are animals.

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