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animal

an·i·mal

animal

 
 
pronunciation:
ae n ml
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a living creature that is generally distinguished from plants by its cellular structure and by the ability to move voluntarily.
 
synonyms:
being, creature
similar words:
mammal, quadruped, vertebrate, zooid
definition 2: such a living creature other than a human, esp. a mammal.
synonyms:
beast, brute
similar words:
mammal
definition 3: a brutish, mean, or cruel person.
synonyms:
beast, brute, monster
similar words:
demon, devil, fiend, savage
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or pertaining to nonhuman creatures.
synonyms:
brute
antonyms:
human
similar words:
bestial, wild
definition 2: pertaining to the physical rather than the mental or spiritual aspect of humans.
her animal nature
synonyms:
carnal
antonyms:
spiritual
similar words:
bestial, brute, fleshly, physical, sensual, wild
derivation: animallike (adj.)
Word History
Animal comes from a Latin word that means "a breathing thing."
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behaviors of some animals
groups of some animals
parts of some animals
some categories of animals
some examples of animals
some kinds of animals
some people associated with animals
some places for animals
some things animal eat
study of animals
uses of some animals
Word Parts
The word animal contains the following part:
anim Latin root that means mind, spirit, life