1relating to or characteristic of animals:the evolution of animal lifeanimal welfare
of animals as distinct from plants:tissues of animal and vegetable protein
characteristic of the physical and instinctive needs of animals; of the flesh rather than the spirit or intellect:a crude surrender to animal lust
2 Biology relating to or denoting the pole or extremity of an embryo that contains the more active cytoplasm in the early stages of development.The opposite of vegetal.
a living organism which feeds on organic matter, typically having specialized sense organs and nervous system and able to respond rapidly to stimuli:wild animals adapt badly to a caged lifehumans are the only animals who weep
any such living organism other than a human being:are humans superior to animals, or just different?
a mammal, as opposed to a bird, reptile, fish, or insect:the snowfall seemed to have chased all birds, animals, and men indoors
a person without human attributes or civilizing influences, especially someone who is very cruel, violent, or repulsive:those men have to be animals—what they did to that boy was savage
[with adjective or noun modifier] a particular type of person or thing:I am a political animalproperty development was a different animal altogether