Origin of animal
synonym study for animal
OTHER WORDS FROM animalan·i·mal·ic [an-uh-mal-ik], /ˌæn əˈmæl ɪk/, an·i·ma·li·an [an-uh-mey-lee-uhn, -meyl-yuhn], /ˌæn əˈmeɪ li ən, -ˈmeɪl yən/, adjectivenon·an·i·mal, noun, adjectivesem·i·an·i·mal, noun, adjectivesu·per·an·i·mal, adjective
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MORE ABOUT ANIMAL
What does animal mean?
In the field of science, an animal is a living thing that meets specific requirements:
- It is made up of more than one cell.
- It has a well-defined shape and limited growth.
- It can move voluntarily.
- It can get its own food and digest it within itself.
- It has sensory and nervous systems that allow it to react to its environment.
This definition includes human beings. Outside of scientific usage, animal is used in several ways.
Most commonly, an animal is a living being that meets the above requirements but is not a human being.
An animal can be just a mammal, that is, an animal that has fur, gives birth, and produces milk. A dog is a mammal, for example, while a fish is not.
Animal is also used to describe something that is related to or comes from an animal, such as animal fats (fats that come from an animal) or animal behavior, which is often separate from human behavior.
Example: Scientists have discovered a new group of animals that live in the extreme depths of the Great Barrier Reef.
Where does animal come from?
The first records of the term animal come from the 1300s. It ultimately comes from the Latin animālis, meaning “living,” or “animate.” All animals are living things.
While scientists use animal to mean something very specific, in everyday speech, animal is used much more broadly. When someone acts rude, brutish, or even cruel, they might be described as acting like an animal, even though animals don’t do things with the intention to be mean to another animal. People also use the term animal to refer to anything that is very different from something else, as in I like cooking dinner, but cleaning up is a completely different animal.
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What are some other forms related to animal?
- animalic (adjective)
- animalian (adjective)
- animalist (noun)
- animalistic (adjective)
- animalize (verb)
What are some synonyms for animal?
What are some words that share a root or word element with animal?
What are some words that often get used in discussing animal?
How is animal used in real life?
Animal is used in many different contexts, especially in the scientific fields. When used casually, it is primarily used to describe creatures, such as pets, or to describe human’s nature in a negative context.
Me seeing animal: hello
Me seeing human: hell no
— 9GAG (@9GAG) December 15, 2018
if you spontaneously say “hey bud” when you see an animal of any sort. please rt
— cara giaimo (@cjgiaimo) July 18, 2018
I’m the last person to bully but have an animal instinct to protect and defend my family.
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) July 18, 2016
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How to use animal in a sentence
Although humans might have hunted at the lake, the researchers found no stone tools or animal bones bearing butchery marks.Seven footprints may be the oldest evidence of humans on the Arabian Peninsula|Bruce Bower|September 17, 2020|Science News
It was a forest that had persisted for more than 100 million years, sheltering a dizzying abundance of plants, animals, and fungi that were found nowhere else on Earth.The Environmental Headache in Your Shampoo - Issue 90: Something Green|Anastasia Bendebury & Michael Shilo DeLay|September 16, 2020|Nautilus
With that coupling, you also get 693 phase-detect autofocus points to enable face tracking for both people and animals.Sony built a tiny mirrorless camera with a full-frame sensor inside|Stan Horaczek|September 16, 2020|Popular-Science
They’re also a key food source for bigger animals like bears and whales.This Startup Is Growing Sushi-Grade Salmon From Cells in a Lab|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|September 16, 2020|Singularity Hub
Species ranged in size from smaller, doggish animals to somewhat cowlike creatures.Ancient Lystrosaurus tusks may show the oldest signs of a hibernation-like state|Susan Milius|September 16, 2020|Science News
He then provides some insight into his psyche - complete with Animal House reference.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!|Olivia Nuzzi|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Although the NFL party animal loves flaunting his washboard abs, he seems more fratboy than Fabio.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This is acting in every sense of the word—bringing an unevolved animal to life and making it utterly believable.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’|Marlow Stern|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Not sure if you noticed, but 2014 has been a banner year for animal robots.Meet Our Animal Robot Overlords|James Joiner|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A 64-year-old animal trainer, he makes the six-hour round-trip every two weeks to submit to her and explore his sexuality.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In pursuing his alchemical researches, he discovered Prussian blue, and the animal oil which bears his name.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
Both animal and man seemed to be dozing, but they woke into activity when the sahib approached.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
A girl was moved to pity by a picture of a lamb caught in a thicket, and tried to lift the branch that lay across the animal.
The impulse to study appearances appears to reach far down in animal life.
Sometimes the animal was caught in a trap which was nothing less than a hut of logs with a single entrance.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike