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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Animal  \An"i*mal\,  n.  [L.,  fr  anima  breath,  soul:  cf  F. 
  animal.  See  {Animate}.] 
  1.  An  organized  living  being  endowed  with  sensation  and  the 
  power  of  voluntary  motion,  and  also  characterized  by 
  taking  its  food  into  an  internal  cavity  or  stomach  for 
  digestion;  by  giving  carbonic  acid  to  the  air  and  taking 
  oxygen  in  the  process  of  respiration;  and  by  increasing  in 
  motive  power  or  active  aggressive  force  with  progress  to 
  maturity. 
 
  2.  One  of  the  lower  animals;  a  brute  or  beast,  as 
  distinguished  from  man;  as  men  and  animals. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Animal  \An"i*mal\,  a.  [Cf.  F.  animal.] 
  1.  Of  or  relating  to  animals;  as  animal  functions. 
 
  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}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  name  given  to  certain  marine 
  animals  resembling  a  flower,  as  any  species  of  actinia  or 
  sea  anemone,  and  other  Anthozoa,  hydroids,  starfishes, 
  etc 
 
  {Animal  heat}  (Physiol.),  the  heat  generated  in  the  body  of  a 
  living  animal,  by  means  of  which  the  animal  is  kept  at 
  nearly  a  uniform  temperature. 
 
  {Animal  spirits}.  See  under  {Spirit}. 
 
  {Animal  kingdom},  the  whole  class  of  beings  endowed  with 
  animal  life.  It  embraces  several  subkingdoms,  and  under 
  these  there  are  Classes,  Orders  Families,  Genera, 
  Species,  and  sometimes  intermediate  groupings,  all  in 
  regular  subordination,  but  variously  arranged  by  different 
  writers. 
 
  Note:  The  following  are  the  grand  divisions,  or  subkingdoms, 
  and  the  principal  classes  under  them  generally 
  recognized  at  the  present  time: 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  animal 
  adj  1:  of  the  appetites  and  passions  of  the  body;  "animal 
  instincts";  "carnal  knowledge";  "fleshly  desire";  "a 
  sensual  delight  in  eating";  "music  is  the  only  sensual 
  pleasure  without  vice"  [syn:  {animal(a)},  {carnal},  {fleshly}, 
  {sensual}] 
  2:  of  the  nature  of  or  characteristic  of  or  derived  from  an 
  animal  or  animals;  "the  animal  kingdom";  "animal 
  instincts";  "animal  fats"  [ant:  {vegetable},  {mineral}] 
  n  :  a  living  organism  characterized  by  voluntary  movement  [syn: 
  {animate  being},  {beast},  {brute},  {creature},  {fauna}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Animal 
  an  organized  living  creature  endowed  with  sensation.  The 
  Levitical  law  divided  animals  into  clean  and  unclean,  although 
  the  distinction  seems  to  have  existed  before  the  Flood  (Gen. 
  7:2).  The  clean  could  be  offered  in  sacrifice  and  eaten.  All 
  animals  that  had  not  cloven  hoofs  and  did  not  chew  the  cud  were 
  unclean.  The  list  of  clean  and  unclean  quadrupeds  is  set  forth 
  in  the  Levitical  law  (Deut.  14:3-20;  Lev.  11). 
 




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