A horse, lion and human are each an example of an animal.
Today's athlete is another animal altogether.
Animal cells; animal welfare.
Animal instincts and desires.
A cat is an animal, not a plant. Humans are also animals, under the scientific definition, as we are not plants.
My students are animals.
- Animal nature; animality.It's the animal in him.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of animal
- Middle English from Latin from animāle neuter of animālis living from anima soul anə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English animal, from Old French animal, from Latin animal, a nominal use of an adjective from animale, neuter of animalis, from anima (“breath, spirit”). Displaced native Middle English deor, der (“animal”) (from Old English dēor (“animal”)), Middle English reother (“animal, neat”) (from Old English hrīþer, hrȳþer (“neat, ox”)).