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mammalian

[muh-mey-lee-uh n, -meyl-yuh n] /məˈmeɪ li ən, -ˈmeɪl yən/
noun
1.
an animal of the class Mammalia; mammal.
adjective
2.
belonging or pertaining to the class Mammalia; characteristic of mammals.
Origin of mammalian
1825-1835
1825-35; < New Latin Mammali(a) (see mammal) + -an
Related forms
mammality
[muh-mal-i-tee] /məˈmæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonmammalian, noun, adjective
unmammalian, adjective
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  • And we have seen the sudden increase of mammalian life in Tertiary times.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • mammalian bones are also plentifully distributed in the Danish kitchen-middens.

    Primitive Man Louis Figuier
  • No other mammalian baby is so much of a baby and yet comes so near to being no baby at all.

    Winter

    Dallas Lore Sharp
  • No associated implements or remains of mammalian skeletons are recorded.

    Prehistoric Man W. L. H. Duckworth
  • He also considers that the mammalian scaphoid represents a centrale.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • About the middle of the mammalian series it begins to be convoluted.

    Evolution Joseph Le Conte
Word Origin and History for mammalian
adj.

1813, from mammal + -ian. As a noun, from 1835.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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