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creature

noun crea·ture \ˈkrē-chər\

: an animal of any type

: an imaginary or very strange kind of animal

: a person usually of a specified type

Full Definition of CREATURE

1
:  something created either animate or inanimate: as
a :  a lower animal; especially :  a farm animal
b :  a human being
c :  a being of anomalous or uncertain aspect or nature <creatures of fantasy>
2
:  one that is the servile dependent or tool of another :  instrument
crea·tur·al \ˈkrē-chə-rəl\ adjective
crea·ture·hood \ˈkrē-chər-ˌhd\ noun
crea·ture·li·ness \-lē-nəs\ noun
crea·ture·ly \-lē\ adjective

Examples of CREATURE

  1. rabbits, squirrels, and other furry creatures
  2. Few living creatures can survive without water.
  3. a giant hairy apelike creature
  4. She's a creature of rare beauty.
  5. A social creature by nature, he loves working with people.
  6. The poor creature had no way to get home.

Origin of CREATURE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin creatura, from Latin creatus, past participle of creare
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut
CREATUREHOOD Defined for Kids

creature

noun crea·ture \ˈkrē-chər\

Definition of CREATURE for Kids

1
:  a lower animal
2
:  person 1 <You're the most selfish creature I've ever met.>
3
:  an imaginary or strange being <The creature … was lurking somewhere in the castle … — J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets>

Word Root of CREATURE

The Latin word creāre, meaning to produce or to cause, gives us the root cre. Words from the Latin creāre have something to do with producing or causing. To create something is to produce it. Anyone creative is able to produce new and original things. A creature is a being that was alive when it was produced

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