animate being

Definitions of animate being
  1. noun
    a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
    synonyms: animal, beast, brute, creature, fauna
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    Easter bunny
    a rabbit that delivers Easter eggs
    church mouse
    a fictional mouse created by Lewis Carroll
    Mickey Mouse
    a fictional mouse created in animated film strips by Walt Disney
    Minnie Mouse
    the partner of Mickey Mouse
    Donald Duck
    a fictional duck created in animated film strips by Walt Disney
    Mighty Mouse
    a fictional mouse endowed with great strength and courage
    Lucy
    incomplete skeleton of female found in eastern Ethiopia in 1974
    Sir Barton
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1919
    Gallant Fox
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1930
    Omaha
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1935
    War Admiral
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1937
    Whirlaway
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1941
    Count Fleet
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1943
    Assault
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946
    Citation
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1948
    Secretariat
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1973
    Seattle Slew
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1977
    Affirmed
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1978
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    pest
    any unwanted and destructive insect or other animal that attacks food or crops or livestock etc.
    critter
    a regional term for `creature' (especially for domestic animals)
    creepy-crawly
    an animal that creeps or crawls (such as worms or spiders or insects)
    darter
    a person or other animal that moves abruptly and rapidly
    peeper
    an animal that makes short high-pitched sounds
    homeotherm, homoiotherm, homotherm
    an animal that has a body temperature that is relatively constant and independent of the environmental temperature
    ectotherm, poikilotherm
    an animal whose body temperature varies with the temperature of its surroundings; any animal except birds and mammals
    range animal
    any animal that lives and grazes in the grassy open land of western North America (especially horses, cattle, sheep)
    varment, varmint
    any usually predatory wild animal considered undesirable; e.g., coyote
    scavenger
    any animal that feeds on refuse and other decaying organic matter
    work animal
    an animal trained for and used for heavy labor
    domestic animal, domesticated animal
    any of various animals that have been tamed and made fit for a human environment
    feeder
    an animal that feeds on a particular source of food
    migrator
    an animal (especially birds and fish) that travels between different habitats at particular times of the year
    molter, moulter
    an animal (especially birds and arthropods and reptiles) that periodically shed their outer layer (feathers or cuticle or skin or hair)
    pet
    a domesticated animal kept for companionship or amusement
    stayer
    a person or other animal having powers of endurance or perseverance
    stunt
    a creature (especially a whale) that has been prevented from attaining full growth
    marine animal, marine creature, sea animal, sea creature
    any of numerous animals inhabiting the sea including e.g. fishes and molluscs and many mammals
    female
    an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)
    male
    an animal that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova)
    adult
    any mature animal
    offspring, young
    any immature animal
    pureblood, purebred, thoroughbred
    a pedigreed animal of unmixed lineage; used especially of horses
    giant
    any creature of exceptional size
    survivor
    an animal that survives in spite of adversity
    mutant
    an animal that has undergone mutation
    herbivore
    any animal that feeds chiefly on grass and other plants
    insectivore
    any organism that feeds mainly on insects
    acrodont
    an animal having teeth consolidated with the summit of the alveolar ridge without sockets
    pleurodont
    an animal having teeth fused with the inner surface of the alveolar ridge without sockets
    zooplankton
    animal constituent of plankton; mainly small crustaceans and fish larvae
    conceptus, embryo, fertilized egg
    an animal organism in the early stages of growth and differentiation that in higher forms merge into fetal stages but in lower forms terminate in commencement of larval life
    chordate
    any animal of the phylum Chordata having a notochord or spinal column
    invertebrate
    any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification
    metazoan
    any animal of the subkingdom Metazoa; all animals except protozoans and sponges
    omnivore
    an animal that feeds on both animal and vegetable substances
    predator, predatory animal
    any animal that lives by preying on other animals
    prey, quarry
    animal hunted or caught for food
    game
    animal hunted for food or sport
    hexapod
    an animal having six feet
    biped
    an animal with two feet
    larva
    the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose
    racer
    an animal that races
    fictional animal
    animals that exist only in fiction (usually in children's stories)
    captive
    an animal that is confined
    mate
    the partner of an animal (especially a sexual partner)
    vermin
    any of various small animals or insects that are pests; e.g. cockroaches or rats
    bottom-feeder
    a scavenger that feeds low on the food chain
    beast of burden, jument
    an animal such as a donkey or ox or elephant used for transporting loads or doing other heavy work
    draft animal
    an animal used for pulling heavy loads
    feeder
    an animal being fattened or suitable for fattening
    stocker
    a domestic animal (especially a young steer or heifer) kept as stock until fattened or matured and suitable for a breeding establishment
    hatchling
    any recently hatched animal (especially birds)
    head
    a single domestic animal
    by-catch, bycatch
    unwanted marine creatures that are caught in the nets while fishing for another species
    hen
    female of certain aquatic animals e.g. octopus or lobster
    orphan
    a young animal without a mother
    young mammal
    any immature mammal
    sire
    male parent of an animal especially a domestic animal such as a horse
    dam
    female parent of an animal especially domestic livestock
    carnivore
    any animal that feeds on flesh
    blastosphere, blastula
    early stage of an embryo produced by cleavage of an ovum; a liquid-filled sphere whose wall is composed of a single layer of cells; during this stage (about eight days after fertilization) implantation in the wall of the uterus occurs
    gastrula
    double-walled stage of the embryo resulting from invagination of the blastula; the outer layer of cells is the ectoderm and the inner layer differentiates into the mesoderm and endoderm
    morula
    a solid mass of blastomeres that forms when the zygote splits; develops into the blastula
    cephalochordate
    fish-like animals having a notochord rather than a true spinal column
    tunicate, urochord, urochordate
    primitive marine animal having a saclike unsegmented body and a urochord that is conspicuous in the larva
    ascidian tadpole
    free-swimming larva of ascidians; they have a tail like a tadpole that contains the notochord
    craniate, vertebrate
    animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium
    young bird
    a bird that is still young
    arthropod
    invertebrate having jointed limbs and a segmented body with an exoskeleton made of chitin
    female mammal
    animals that nourish their young with milk
    zoophyte
    any of various invertebrate animals resembling a plant such as a sea anemone or coral or sponge
    parazoan, poriferan, sponge
    primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies
    cnidarian, coelenterate
    radially symmetrical animals having saclike bodies with only one opening and tentacles with stinging structures; they occur in polyp and medusa forms
    comb jelly, ctenophore
    biradially symmetrical hermaphroditic solitary marine animals resembling jellyfishes having for locomotion eight rows of cilia arranged like teeth in a comb
    worm
    any of numerous relatively small elongated soft-bodied animals especially of the phyla Annelida and Chaetognatha and Nematoda and Nemertea and Platyhelminthes; also many insect larvae
    borer, woodborer
    any of various insects or larvae or mollusks that bore into wood
    bladder worm
    encysted saclike larva of the tapeworm
    cercaria
    tadpole-shaped parasitic larva of a trematode worm; tail disappears in adult stage
    rotifer
    minute aquatic multicellular organisms having a ciliated wheel-like organ for feeding and locomotion; constituents of freshwater plankton
    mollusc, mollusk, shellfish
    invertebrate having a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a shell
    spat
    a young oyster or other bivalve
    Canis familiaris, dog, domestic dog
    a member of the genus Canis (probably descended from the common wolf) that has been domesticated by man since prehistoric times; occurs in many breeds
    greyhound
    a tall slender dog of an ancient breed noted for swiftness and keen sight; used as a racing dog
    Felis catus, Felis domesticus, domestic cat, house cat
    any domesticated member of the genus Felis
    stray
    an animal that has strayed (especially a domestic animal)
    big game
    large animals that are hunted for sport
    game bird
    any bird (as grouse or pheasant) that is hunted for sport
    wireworm
    wormlike larva of various elaterid beetles; feeds on roots of many crop plants
    mealworm
    the larva of beetles of the family Tenebrionidae
    wiggler, wriggler
    larva of a mosquito
    jointworm, strawworm
    larva of chalcid flies injurious to the straw of wheat and other grains
    ant lion, antlion, doodlebug
    the larva of any of several insects
    aphid lion, aphis lion
    carnivorous larva of lacewing flies
    dobson, hellgrammiate
    large brown aquatic larva of the dobsonfly; used as fishing bait
    caseworm
    insect larva that constructs a protective case around its body
    caterpillar
    a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
    nymph
    a larva of an insect with incomplete metamorphosis (as the dragonfly or mayfly)
    leptocephalus
    slender transparent larva of eels and certain fishes
    bot
    botfly larva; typically develops inside the body of a horse or sheep or human
    grub
    a soft thick wormlike larva of certain beetles and other insects
    phoronid
    hermaphrodite wormlike animal living in mud of the sea bottom
    bryozoan, moss animal, polyzoan, sea mat, sea moss
    sessile aquatic animal forming mossy colonies of small polyps each having a curved or circular ridge bearing tentacles; attach to stones or seaweed and reproduce by budding
    ectoproct
    sessile mossy aquatic animal having the anus of the polyp outside the crown of tentacles
    entoproct
    any of various moss-like aquatic animals usually forming branching colonies; each polyp having a both mouth and anus within a closed ring of tentacles
    Symbion pandora
    only known species of Cycliophora; lives symbiotically attached to a lobster's lip by an adhesive disk and feeding by means of a hairy mouth ring; its complex life cycle includes asexual and sexual phases
    brachiopod, lamp shell, lampshell
    marine animal with bivalve shell having a pair of arms bearing tentacles for capturing food; found worldwide
    peanut worm, sipunculid
    small unsegmented marine worm that when disturbed retracts its anterior portion into the body giving the appearance of a peanut
    echinoderm
    marine invertebrates with tube feet and five-part radially symmetrical bodies
    filly
    a young female horse under the age of four
    colt
    a young male horse under the age of four
    male horse
    the male of species Equus caballus
    steeplechaser
    a horse trained to run in steeplechases
    finisher
    an animal that wins in a contest of speed
    bullock, steer
    castrated bull
    polliwog, pollywog, tadpole
    a larval frog or toad
    young fish
    a fish that is young
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    being, organism
    a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
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