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noun 
  1. In scientific usage, a multicellular organism that is usually mobile, whose cells are not encased in a rigid cell wall (distinguishing it from plants and fungi) and which derives energy solely from the consumption of other organisms (distinguishing it from plants).
A cat is an , not a plant.
Evolutionary biologists say humans are also animals.
  1. In non-scientific usage, any member of the kingdom Animalia other than a human being.
  2. In non-scientific usage, any land-living vertebrate (i.e. not birds, fishes, insects etc)
  3. (figuratively) A person who behaves wildly.
My students are animals.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: beest(nl)n
  • French: bíªte(fr, animal, m, t+, fr)f
  • German: Tier(de)n
  • Italian: bestia(it, animale, m, {{t+, it)f
  • Spanish: bestia(es, animal, m, {{t+, es)f
adjective 
  1. Pertaining to the spirit or soul; relating to sensation or innervation.
    • 2003: To explain what activated the flesh, " spirits" were posited, superfine fluids which shuttled between the mind and the vitals, conveying messages and motion. " Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason (Penguin 2004, p. 47)
      1. Of or relating to animals.
      animal instincts
      1. Raw, base, unhindered by social codes.
      animal passions
      1. (context, slang, Ireland) Excellent.
Translations: 
  • Italian: animale(it)
  • Dutch: nl(nl, dierlijk, t-)dierlijke
  • French: animale(fr, animal, m, t+, fr)f
  • German: tierisch(de)
  • Spanish: animal(es)

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