Hypertext Webster Gateway: "animal"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

an organized living creature endowed with sensation. The
Levitical law divided animals into clean and unclean, although
the distinction seems to have existed before the Flood (Gen.
7:2). The clean could be offered in sacrifice and eaten. All
animals that had not cloven hoofs and did not chew the cud were
unclean. The list of clean and unclean quadrupeds is set forth
in the Levitical law (Deut. 14:3-20; Lev. 11).

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Animal \An"i*mal\, n. [L., fr. anima breath, soul: cf. F.
animal. See {Animate}.]
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

2. One of the lower animals; a brute or beast, as
distinguished from man; as, men and animals.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Animal \An"i*mal\, a. [Cf. F. animal.]
1. Of or relating to animals; as, animal functions.

2. Pertaining to the merely sentient part of a creature, as
distinguished from the intellectual, rational, or
spiritual part; as, the animal passions or appetites.

3. Consisting of the flesh of animals; as, animal food.

{Animal magnetism}. See {Magnetism} and {Mesmerism}.

{Animal electricity}, the electricity developed in some
animals, as the electric eel, torpedo, etc.

{Animal flower} (Zo["o]l.), a name given to certain marine
animals resembling a flower, as any species of actinia or
sea anemone, and other Anthozoa, hydroids, starfishes,

{Animal heat} (Physiol.), the heat generated in the body of a
living animal, by means of which the animal is kept at
nearly a uniform temperature.

{Animal spirits}. See under {Spirit}.

{Animal kingdom}, the whole class of beings endowed with
animal life. It embraces several subkingdoms, and under
these there are Classes, Orders, Families, Genera,
Species, and sometimes intermediate groupings, all in
regular subordination, but variously arranged by different

Note: The following are the grand divisions, or subkingdoms,
and the principal classes under them, generally
recognized at the present time:

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: of the appetites and passions of the body; "animal
instincts"; "carnal knowledge"; "fleshly desire"; "a
sensual delight in eating"; "music is the only sensual
pleasure without vice" [syn: {animal(a)}, {carnal}, {fleshly},
2: of the nature of or characteristic of or derived from an
animal or animals; "the animal kingdom"; "animal
instincts"; "animal fats" [ant: {vegetable}, {mineral}]
n : a living organism characterized by voluntary movement [syn:
{animate being}, {beast}, {brute}, {creature}, {fauna}]

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