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General words for living things - thesaurus

Synonyms

animal

noun

any living creature, including humans

creature

noun

anything that lives except plants

organism

noun

biology a living thing such as a person, animal, or plant, especially an extremely small living thing

being

noun

a living creature

animal

noun

any living thing that is not a human, a plant, an insect, a bird, or a fish

life

noun

living things such as plants and animals

fauna

noun

all the animals that live in a particular area. The plants in an area are called the flora.

the animal/plant kingdom

all the animals or plants that exist in the world

the human race

all the people in the world when considered as a single group

genotype

noun

a living thing considered as the set of genes that it has, rather than what it looks like, how big it is etc

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animal

adjective

relating to animals

biomass

noun

biology all the plant and animal life found in a particular area

consumer

noun

biology a living thing that feeds on other living things in the food chain. A living thing such as a plant that can make its own food is called a producer.

critter

noun

Americaninformal an animal

dumb animal

noun

any animal. This word is used especially for emphasizing that people have a moral duty to protect animals.

flora

noun

all the plants that grow in a particular region. The animals of a region are called its fauna.

food chain

noun

biology the natural process in which one living thing is eaten by another, which is then eaten by another, etc

Homo sapiens

noun

the scientific name given to the kind of humans that exist today

humanity

noun

the state of being human, and of behaving and thinking in the same way as other people

humanoid

adjective

like a human in appearance

human race

noun

all people as a group

life form

noun

formal a living thing, for example an animal or a plant

mankind

noun

all humans considered as a single group. Some people avoid using this word because they think it is offensive to women, and they use humankind instead.

mortal

adjective

human and not able to live for ever

mortal

noun

mainly literary a human, not a god or spirit

non-human

adjective

not human

organic

adjective

biology connected with, produced by, or obtained from living things

producer

noun

biology a living thing such as a green plant that makes its own food from simple compounds that are inorganic (=not living) and is itself used as food by other living things

the quick and the dead

people who are alive as well as people who are dead

wildlife

noun

animals, birds, and plants that live in natural conditions

wildlife

noun

relating to wildlife

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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