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

:  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>
:  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


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