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noun [countable] animal pronunciation in American English /ˈænɪm(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    biology any living thing that can move independently and that has senses for recognizing and reacting to the environment around it. Animals are divided into two groups, vertebrates and invertebrates
    Amphibious animals such as frogs and toads live mainly on land, but develop into adults in water.
    1. a.
      any living thing that is not a human, a plant, an insect, a bird, or a fish
      lions, tigers, and other wild animals
      He is accused of cruelty to animals.
    2. b.
      any living creature, including humans
      Man is the only animal that uses language.
  2. 3
    informal used when you are talking about the particular type of person someone is, for example what they enjoy doing
    I know how to deal with James, but Michael is a different animal.
    a political/social animal
    See also party animal


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