1. An organised living being
endowed with sensation
and the strength of voluntary
motion, and also
characterised by assume its food into
an inside cavity
or stomach for digestion; by giving carbonic acid
to the air
and assume oxygen
in the process of respiration; and by increasing in motive
strength or active aggressive force
with progress to maturity.
2. One of the lower animals; a brute
or beast, as distinguished from man; as, men
Origin: L, fr. Anima breath, soul: cf. F. Animal. See Animate.
1. Of or relating to animals; as, animal
2. Pertaining to the merely sentient part
of a creature, as distinguished from the intellectual, rational, or spiritual part; as, the animal
passions or appetites.
3. Consisting of the flesh
of animals; as, animal
food. Animal magnetism. See Magnetism and Mesmerism. Animal electricity, the electricity
developed in some animals, as the electric
eel, torpedo, etc.
Animal flower, the heat generated in the body of a living animal, by means of which the animal is kept at almost a uniform temperature. Animal spirits. See Spirit. Animal kingdom, the intact class of beings endowed with animal life. It embraces different subkingdoms, and under these there are Classes, Orders, Families, Genera, Species, and sometimes intermediate groupings, all in regular subordination, but variously arranged by various writers.
The next are the grand branches, or subkingdoms, and the principal classes under them, usually recognised at the gift time: - Vertebrata, including Mammalia or Mammals, Aves or Birds, Reptilia, Amphibia, Pisces or Fishes, Marsipobranchiata (Craniota); and Leptocardia (Acrania). Tunicata, including the Thaliacea, and Ascidioidea or Ascidians. Articulata or Annulosa, including Insecta, Myriapoda, Malacapoda, Arachnida, Pycnogonida, Merostomata, Crustacea (Arthropoda); and Annelida, Gehyrea (Anarthropoda). Helminthes or Vermes, including Rotifera, Chaetognatha, Nematoidea, Acanthocephala, Nemertina, Turbellaria, Trematoda, Cestoidea, Mesozea. Molluscoidea, including Brachiopoda and Bryozoa. Mollusca, including Cephalopoda, Gastropoda, Pteropoda, Scaphopoda, Lamellibranchiata or Acephala. Echinodermata, including Holothurioidea, Echinoidea, Asterioidea, Ophiuroidea, and Crinoidea. Coelenterata, including Anthozoa or Polyps, Ctenophora, and Hydrozoa or Acalephs. Spongiozoa or Porifera, including the sponges. Protozoa, including Infusoria and Rhizopoda. For definitions, see these names in the Vocabulary.
Origin: Cf. F. Animal.
Source: Websters Vocabulary