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noun [countable] animal pronunciation in British 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.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of animal
    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. 2
    informal someone who behaves in a very violent, cruel, or rude way

    That man is an animal!

  3. 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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