Cats and dogs are animals.
The definition of animals are members of the kingdom Animalia and are generally characterized by having a multicellular body, quick movement, specialized sense organs and the ability to get and digest food.
Cats, dogs and elephants are each examples of animals.
acrodontismthe condition of having teeth without roots attached to the alveolar ridge of the jaws, as in certain animals. —acrodont, adj.amensalisma parasitic relationship between animals that has a destructive effect on one and no effect on the other. See also biology; plants.Animaliathe realm of animals; the animal kingdom.animality1. the state of being an animal.2. animal existence or nature in human activity; the animal in man as opposed to the spiritual.anthropoglotan animal with a tongue like that of man, as the parrot.anthropoida creature resembling man, as an ape. —anthropoid, anthropoidal, adj.anthropopathism, anthropopathythe assignment of human feelings or passions to something not human, as a deity or an animal. —anthropopathic. adj.artiodactyla hoofed animal having an even number of toes or digits on each foot, as pigs, sheep, deer, etc. —artiodactylous, adj.bestiarian1. an advocate of kindness to animals.2. British. an antivivisectionist.bestiarista compiler or writer of bestiaries.bestiaryan allegorical or moralizing commentary based upon real or fabled animals, usually medieval and sometimes illustrated.biodynamicsthe study of the physiological processes of plants and animals. —biodynamic, biodynamical, adj.bioecologythe branch of ecology that studies the interrelationship of plant and animal life in their common environment. —bioecologist, n. —bioecologic, bioecological, adj.biostaticsthe study of the relationship between structure and function in plants and animals. —biostatical, adj.biotathe animal or plant life of a particular region.brachiationa method of movement, characteristic of certain animals, by swinging with the arms from one hold to another.carcinologythe branch of zoology that studies crustaceans. —carcinologist, n. —carcinologic, carcinological, adj.carnivorea meat-eating animal. Cf. herbivore. —camivorous, adj.commensalisma relationship between animals or plants in which one lives with or on the other without damage to either. Cf. parasitism.conatusa vital force in plants or animals, similar to human effort. See also plants.doraphobiaan intense fear of contact with animal fur or skin. —doraphobe, n.echinologythe study of sea urchins. —echinologist, n.epizoisma nonparasitic relationship between animals in which one animal lives on the surface of the other.epizootica disease affecting many animals at the same time; an epidemic amongst animals. —epizootic, adj.epizootiologythe science concerned with the factors involved in the occurrence and spread of animal diseases. —epizootiologic, epizootiological, adj.estrus, oestrusthe condition of being in rut or sexual arousal, applied particularly to the female. Also spelled estrum, oestrum. —estrous, oestrous, adj.ethologythe study of animal behavior in relation to habitat. —ethologist, n. —ethological, adj.extispicyharuspicy. —extispex, n. —extispicious, Obsolete, adj.fauna1. the animal life of a particular time or region.2. a study of or treatise on the animal life of a particular time or region. —faunal, adj.faunista person who studies or writes on animal life; a naturalist.faunologyzoogeography.haruspicationharuspicy.haruspicya form of divination by natural phenomena, especially from inspection of the entrails of animal sacrifices. Also called extispicy, haruspication. —haruspex, aruspex, n. —haruspical, adj.helminthologythe study of worms, especially internal worms.herbivorea plant-eating animal. Cf. carnivore. —herbivorous, adj.heterosisabnormal development, especially increased size, in plants or animals, usually as a result of cross-breeding.inquilinean animal that inhabits the burrow, nest, or other habitation of another animal. —inquiline, adj.lipotypea particular type of animal life whose absence is a characteristic of a region. —lipotypic, adj.locoisma disease, chiefly of farm animals, characterized by paralysis and impaired vision and caused by eating locoweed.manticorea mythical or fabulous beast with the head of a man, the body of a lion or tiger, and the feet and tail of a dragon or scorpion. Also spelled mantichora.morphologythe branch of biology that studies the structure and form of animals and plants. —morphologist, n. —morphologic, morphological, adj.musomaniaan abnormal love for mice.musophobiaan abnormal fear of mice.nealogythe science of the early or youthful stage of animal development. — nealogic, adj.oestrusestrus.organismany animal or plant.organographythe scientific description of the organs of plants and animals and of their structure and function. —organographist, n. —organographic, organographical, adj.organologythe study of the organs of plants and animals. —organologist, n. —organologic, organological, adj.oviparapl. animals that lay eggs. Cf. ovovivipara, vivipara. —oviparity, n. —oviparous, adj.ovoviviparapl. animals that lay eggs that are hatched in their bodies, so that young are born alive, without connection to a placenta.parasitisma relationship between animals in which one gains sustenance from the other. Cf. commensalism. See also biology; plants.phylona group with genetic relationship. Cf. phylum.phylumany of the major subdivisions of the plant or animal kingdom. Cf. phylon. See also linguistics.piggerya place where pigs are kept; pigpen; pigsty.predaceana carnivorous animal. —predaceous, predacious, adj.predationa relation between organisms or animals in which one feeds on the other. —predatory, adj.quadrata plot of land, square or rectangular, marked off or set out for the study of plant or animal life.rabbitry1. rabbits collectively.2. a place where rabbits live or are kept.relictan animal or plant surviving in one area after becoming extinct else-where; a survival of an earlier period. — relict, adj.rookerya breeding or nesting place of rooks or of any gregarious bird or animal.stirpicultureselective breeding to develop strains with particular characteristics. —stirpicultural, adj.sybotismRare. the business and art of raising swine.taxidermythe art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals so that they appear lifelike. —taxidermist, n.terrariuma container for keeping small animals.theriomancya form of divination based upon observation of the movements of animals. Also called zoomancy.theriomorphismthe worship of deities that are partly animal and partly human in form. Also called therianthropism, theriolatry. — theriomorphic, theriomorphous, adj.thremmatologythe branch of biology that studies the breeding of domestic plants and animals.ungulatea mammal having hoofs, as the cow, horse, etc. —ungulate, adj.vaccaryObsolete. a cow house, shed, pasture, or other place where cows are kept. Also vachery.virilescencea condition of some animals, and especially of some fowls, in which the female, when old, assumes some of the characteristics of the male of the species. —virilescent, adj.vivariuman enclosed environment, as a glass container, in which plants or animals are raised under conditions that approximate their natural habitat. Also vivary.vivarya vivarium.viviparapl. animals that bear living young. Cf. ovipara, ovovivipara. —viviparity, n. —viviparous, adj.vulpicide1. the killing of a fox by methods other than by hunting it with hounds.2. the killer of a fox.zoanthropya derangement in which a person believes himself to be an animal and acts accordingly. — zoanthropic, adj.zoiatriathe science of veterinary surgery.zoobiologyzoology.zoogeographythe distribution of animal life by geographical location. —zoogeographer, n. —zoogeographic, zoogeographical, adj.zoogony, zoogeny1. the generation of animals.2. a study of animal generation. —zoogonic, zoogenic, adj.zoography1. the branch of zoology concerned with animal description.2. pictorial art in general, but especially that which shows animals. —zoographer, n. —zoographic, zoographical, adj.zoolatrythe worship of animal gods. Cf. theriomorphism. Also called zootheism. —zoolater, n.zoologythe branch of biology that studies and classifles all living creatures. —zoologist, n. —zoological, adj.zoomancya form of divination based upon the observation of animals or their movements under certain circumstances. Also called theriomancy.zoomaniaan abnormal love of animals.zoometrythe measurement and comparison of the sizes of animals and their parts.zoomorphismthe attribution of animal form or nature, especially to a deity. —zoomorphic, adj.zoonomiazoonomy.zoonomy, zoonomiathe laws of animal life or the animal kingdom. —zoonomist, n. —zoonomic, adj.zoopathologythe study or science of the diseases of animals; animal pathology. Also zoopathy.zoopathyzoopathology.zooperythe performing of experiments on animals, especially the lower animals. —zooperal, adj.zoophiliaa love of animals. —zoophile, n.zoophilism, zoophilylove of animals. —zoophilist, n. —zoophilous, adj.zoophobiaan abnormal dread of animals. —zoophobe, n.zoophysicsthe study of animal physiology and form. —zoophysical, adj.zoophysiologythe physiology of animals, as distinct from that of humans.zoophytean animal, as a sponge, coral, etc, that resembles a plant more than an animal; any of the Zoophyta. —zoophytic, zoophytical, zoophytoid, adj.zoophytologythe branch of zoology concerned with the zoophytes. —zoophytological, adj.zooplastythe process of surgically grafting tissue from a lower animal onto the human body. —zooplastic, adj.zoopsiaa form of hallucination in which the sufferer imagines he sees animals. Also zooscopy.zoopsychologya branch of psychology that studies animal behavior.zooscopyzoopsia.zootaxyzoological classification; the scientific classification of animals.zootechnythe principles of animal husbandry. Also spelled zootechnics. —zootechnician, n. —zootechnical, adj.zootheismthe worship of animal gods; zoolatry. —zootheist, n.zootomy1. the dissection of animals other than man.2. the anatomy of animals. —zootomist, n. —zootomic, zootomical, adj.
- plural form of animal