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mammalian

[muh-mey-lee-uh n, -meyl-yuh n]
noun
  1. an animal of the class Mammalia; mammal.
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adjective
  1. belonging or pertaining to the class Mammalia; characteristic of mammals.
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Origin of mammalian

1825–35; < New Latin Mammali(a) (see mammal) + -an
Related formsmam·mal·i·ty [muh-mal-i-tee] /məˈmæl ɪ ti/, nounnon·mam·ma·li·an, noun, adjectiveun·mam·ma·li·an, adjective
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Examples from the Web for mammalians

Historical Examples

  • In the first place, this curve is a constant feature in all mammalians.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 613, October 1, 1887

    Various

  • They feed exclusively on flesh—that is to say on fish, small Mammalians, aquatic birds, and reptiles.

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier


Word Origin and History for mammalians

mammalian

adj.

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

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