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Definition of animal:

  1. An organized living being endowed with sensation and the power of voluntary motion, and also characterized by taking its food into an internal cavity or stomach for digestion; by giving carbonic acid to the air and taking oxygen in the process of respiration; and by increasing in motive power or active aggressive force with progress to maturity.
  2. Consisting of the flesh of animals; as, animal food.
  3. One of the lower animals; a brute or beast, as distinguished from man; as, men and animals.
  4. Pertaining to the merely sentient part of a creature, as distinguished from the intellectual, rational, or spiritual part; as, the animal passions or appetites.


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