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mammal

[ mam-uhl ]
/ ˈmæm əl /
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noun
any vertebrate of the class Mammalia, having the body more or less covered with hair, nourishing the young with milk from the mammary glands, and, with the exception of the egg-laying monotremes, giving birth to live young.

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Origin of mammal

1820–30; as singular of New Latin Mammalia neuter plural of Late Latin mammālis of the breast. See mamma2, -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM mammal

mam·mal·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mammal

mammal
/ (ˈmæməl) /

noun
any animal of the Mammalia, a large class of warm-blooded vertebrates having mammary glands in the female, a thoracic diaphragm, and a four-chambered heart. The class includes the whales, carnivores, rodents, bats, primates, etc

Derived forms of mammal

mammalian (mæˈmeɪlɪən), adjective, nounmammal-like, adjective

Word Origin for mammal

C19: via New Latin from Latin mamma breast
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Scientific definitions for mammal

mammal
[ măməl ]

Any of various warm-blooded vertebrate animals of the class Mammalia, whose young feed on milk that is produced by the mother's mammary glands. Unlike other vertebrates, mammals have a diaphragm that separates the heart and lungs from the other internal organs, red blood cells that lack a nucleus, and usually hair or fur. All mammals but the monotremes bear live young. Mammals include rodents, cats, dogs, ungulates, cetaceans, and apes.
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