What is animal?

  • (adj): Of the nature of or characteristic of or derived from an animal or animals.
    Example: "The animal kingdom"; "animal instincts"; "animal fats"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Animals are a major group of multicellular, eukaryotic organisms of the kingdom Animalia or Metazoa. Their body plan eventually becomes fixed as they develop, although some undergo a process of metamorphosis later on in their life. Most animals are motile, meaning they can move spontaneously and independently. All animals are also heterotrophs, meaning they must ingest other organisms or their products for sustenance.

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Some articles on animal:

Animal Behaviour
... Animal behaviour is the subject of The field of ethology Animal Behaviour, a scientific journal ...
Animal - Ethics
... Animals are regarded by philosophers like Peter Singer as ethical subjects ... Animal rights movements have worked to promote animal welfare ...
Monkey - Relationship With Humans - In Experiments
... especially the Rhesus Macaque, and African Green Monkeys are widely used in animal testing facilities, either wild-caught or purpose-bred ... Animal rights activists claim that their use is cruel and produces little information of value, and there have been many protests, vandalism to testing facilities and threats to workers ... The topic has become a popular cause for animal rights and animal welfare groups ...
Walter Burkert - Burkert's Theory of Sacrificial Ritual
... Salted-barley corns from the basket were thrown on the animal’s head and into the altar fire ... A lock of hair from the animal is then cut and burned, libation being poured on the altar with prayer ... After silence is proclaimed, the music of flutes begins and the animal is slain ...
Nalgene - Controversy
1997 Nalgene was targeted in a nationwide boycott by campus-based animal rights activists for products used in animal experimentation ... only within the guidelines of the federal Animal Welfare Act and only when necessary." ...

More definitions of "animal":

  • (adj): Of the appetites and passions of the body.
    Example: "Animal instincts"
    Synonyms: carnal, fleshly, sensual

Famous quotes containing the word animal:

    I fancy it must be the quantity of animal food eaten by the English which renders their character insusceptible of civilisation. I suspect it is in their kitchens and not in their churches that their reformation must be worked, and that Missionaries of that description from [France] would avail more than those who should endeavor to tame them by precepts of religion or philosophy.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)