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animal kingdom

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noun
  1. the animals of the world collectively.

Origin of animal kingdom

First recorded in 1840–50
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Historical Examples

  • This story is repeated over and over again in the history of the animal-kingdom.

    The Whence and the Whither of Man</p>

    John Mason Tyler


British Dictionary definitions for animal kingdom

animal kingdom

noun
  1. a category of living organisms comprising all animalsCompare plant kingdom, mineral kingdom
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

animal kingdom in Culture

animal kingdom

The group of living things typically distinguished from members of the plant kingdom by the power of moving from place to place and by a metabolism that does not use photosynthesis.

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