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Etymology 1

From Latin animal, a nominal use of an adjective from animale, neuter of animalis adj, from anima ‘breath, spirit’.

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Noun

Singular
animal

Plural
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  1. In scientific usage, a multicellular organism that is usually mobile, whose cells are not encased in a rigid cell wall (distinguishing it from plants and fungi) and which derives energy solely from the consumption of other organisms (distinguishing it from plants).
    A cat is an animal, not a plant.
    Humans are also animals, under the scientific definition, as we are not plants.
  2. In non-scientific usage, any member of the kingdom Animalia other than a human being.
  3. In non-scientific usage, any land-living vertebrate (i.e. not birds, fishes, insects etc)
  4. (figuratively) A person who behaves wildly.
    My students are animals.
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Etymology 2

From Latin animalis, from either anima ‘breath, spirit’ or animus. Originally distinct from the noun, it became associated with attributive use of the noun and is now indistinguishable from it.

Adjective

animal (not comparable)

Positive
animal

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Of or relating to animals.
    animal instincts
  2. Raw, base, unhindered by social codes.
    animal passions
  3. Pertaining to the spirit or soul; relating to sensation or innervation.
    • 2003: To explain what activated the flesh, ‘animal spirits’ were posited, superfine fluids which shuttled between the mind and the vitals, conveying messages and motion. — Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason (Penguin 2004, p. 47)
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Excellent.
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Asturian

Noun

animal m. (plural animales)

  1. animal

French

Pronunciation

Noun

animal m. (plural: animaux)

  1. animal

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Adjective

animal m. (f. animale, m. pl. animaux, f. pl. animales)

  1. animal

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Galician

Noun

animal m. (plural animais)

Singular
animal m.

Plural
animais m.

  1. animal

Latin

Etymology

From anima (breath, life)

Noun

animal (genitive animālis); n, third declension

  1. animal
  2. living creature

Inflection

Number Singular Plural
nominative animal animālia
genitive animālis animālium
dative animālī animālibus
accusative animal animālia
ablative animālī animālibus
vocative animal animālia

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Portuguese

Noun

animal m. (plural animais)

  1. animal

Adjective

animal m. and f. (plural animais)

  1. animal

Romanian

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:ro:Template:lang:la derivations]] animalis through French animal.

Adjective

animal 4 nom/acc forms

  1. animal, animalistic
  2. brutal

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Adverb

animal

  1. brutally

Noun

animal m. (plural animali)

  1. animal

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Spanish

Noun

animal m. (plural animales)

Singular
animal m.

Plural
animales m.

  1. animal

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