comfort animal

[ kuhm-fert an-uh-muhl ]

  1. a therapy animal, usually a dog, that is specially trained to provide comforting companionship and an emotional release for victims of a crisis or disaster.

Origin of comfort animal

First recorded in 2010–15
  • Also called cri·sis re·sponse an·i·mal [krahy-sis ri-spons-an-uh-muhl] /ˈkraɪ sɪs rɪˈspɒns ˌæn ə məl/ .

Words Nearby comfort animal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023