mammalian

Use the adjective mammalian to describe warm-blooded vertebrates with hair, or anything related to them. Your sister might be fond of snakes and frogs, while you'd prefer a mammalian pet, like a dog or cat.

You, your pet dog, a gorilla, and a skunk all have something very important in common: you can all be described as mammalian, since you are all in the scientific class known as Mammalia. Mammalian characteristics range from having three small bones in each ear, to not being born inside an egg (with the exception of the platypus and other monotremes), to being nursed by a mother as an infant.

Definitions of mammalian
  1. adjective
    of or relating to the class Mammalia
  2. noun
    any warm-blooded vertebrate having the skin more or less covered with hair; young are born alive except for the small subclass of monotremes and nourished with milk
    synonyms: mammal
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    female mammal
    animals that nourish their young with milk
    tusker
    any mammal with prominent tusks (especially an elephant or wild boar)
    prototherian
    primitive oviparous mammals found only in Australia and Tasmania and New Guinea
    metatherian
    primitive pouched mammals found mainly in Australia and the Americas
    eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal
    mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
    fossorial mammal
    a burrowing mammal having limbs adapted for digging
    egg-laying mammal, monotreme
    the most primitive mammals comprising the only extant members of the subclass Prototheria
    marsupial, pouched mammal
    mammals of which the females have a pouch (the marsupium) containing the teats where the young are fed and carried
    farm animal, livestock, stock
    any animals kept for use or profit
    bull
    mature male of various mammals of which the female is called `cow'; e.g. whales or elephants or especially cattle
    cow
    mature female of mammals of which the male is called `bull'
    yearling
    an animal in its second year
    buck
    mature male of various mammals (especially deer or antelope)
    doe
    mature female of mammals of which the male is called 'buck'
    insectivore
    small insect-eating mainly nocturnal terrestrial or fossorial mammals
    aquatic mammal
    whales and dolphins; manatees and dugongs; walruses; seals
    carnivore
    a terrestrial or aquatic flesh-eating mammal
    Fissipedia
    in some classifications considered a suborder of Carnivora
    Orycteropus afer, aardvark, ant bear, anteater
    nocturnal burrowing mammal of the grasslands of Africa that feeds on termites; sole extant representative of the order Tubulidentata
    bat, chiropteran
    nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate
    gnawing mammal, lagomorph
    relative large gnawing animals; distinguished from rodents by having two pairs of upper incisors specialized for gnawing
    gnawer, rodent
    relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
    naked mole rat
    fetal-looking colonial rodent of East Africa; neither mole nor rat; they feed on tubers and have a social structure similar to that of honeybees and termites
    Damaraland mole rat
    colonial mole rat of western Africa; similar to naked mole rat
    Ungulata
    in former classifications a major division of Mammalia comprising all hoofed mammals; now divided into the orders Perissodactyla (odd-toed ungulates) and Artiodactyla (even-toed ungulates)
    hoofed mammal, ungulate
    any of a number of mammals with hooves that are superficially similar but not necessarily closely related taxonomically
    Unguiculata
    in former classifications a major division of Mammalia comprising mammals with nails or claws; distinguished from hoofed mammals and cetaceans
    unguiculate, unguiculate mammal
    a mammal having nails or claws
    coney, cony, das, dassie, hyrax
    any of several small ungulate mammals of Africa and Asia with rodent-like incisors and feet with hooflike toes
    pachyderm
    any of various nonruminant hoofed mammals having very thick skin: elephant; rhinoceros; hippopotamus
    edentate
    primitive terrestrial mammal with few if any teeth; of tropical Central America and South America
    anteater, pangolin, scaly anteater
    toothless mammal of southern Africa and Asia having a body covered with horny scales and a long snout for feeding on ants and termites
    primate
    any placental mammal of the order Primates; has good eyesight and flexible hands and feet
    tree shrew
    insectivorous arboreal mammal of southeast Asia that resembles a squirrel with large eyes and long sharp snout
    colugo, flying cat, flying lemur
    arboreal nocturnal mammal of southeast Asia and the Philippines resembling a lemur and having a fold of skin on each side from neck to tail that is used for long gliding leaps
    proboscidean, proboscidian
    massive herbivorous mammals having tusks and a long trunk
    plantigrade, plantigrade mammal
    an animal that walks with the entire sole of the foot touching the ground as e.g. bears and human beings
    digitigrade, digitigrade mammal
    an animal that walks so that only the toes touch the ground as e.g. dogs and cats and horses
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    craniate, vertebrate
    animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium
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