animal kingdom


Definition of animal kingdom 

: a basic group of natural objects that includes all living and extinct animals — compare mineral kingdom, plant kingdom

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Koalas are some of the most beloved creatures in the animal kingdom—with their soft gray fur and cherubic faces, the marsupials exude enough charm to sustain a $1.1 billion tourism industry in their home country of Australia. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Newly Mapped Koala Genome Unlocks Secrets of Marsupial’s Diet, Susceptibility to Chlamydia," 3 July 2018 Human society, like all animal kingdoms, is in Peterson’s mind defined by certain biological truths — including the reality that some people are naturally more gifted than others, and that life will always involve suffering. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Jordan Peterson, the obscure Canadian psychologist turned right-wing celebrity, explained," 21 May 2018 In the battle for status in the animal kingdom, power and aggressiveness have been all-important. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Tom Wolfe's Most Incisive and Inspiring Quotes," 15 May 2018 Much like the animal kingdom, in which female wild cats hunt and maintain control, the women are the ones in control of the throne and the society of fictional Wakanda. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "5 ways that 'Black Panther' celebrates and elevates black women," 16 Feb. 2018 Fortunately, the animal kingdom has provided some inspiration for social media that is not a bummer. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "10 Animal Twitter Accounts That Will Improve Your Life," 12 July 2018 Though often no bigger than an apple seed, planaria are the envy of the animal kingdom. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "This one, newly discovered cell can remake a whole animal," 14 June 2018 At an anniversary party Monday, Steve once again turned to the faux animal kingdom and arranged for a singing pink gorilla in bib overalls to come and present Diane with a surprise envelope. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Groom who hoped to leave 1983 wedding to drop Admirals puck with wife gets wish now," 11 Apr. 2018 Fluorescence is certainly not limited to the animal kingdom. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Puffin Beaks Are Fluorescent, and They’re Not the Only Ones," 9 Apr. 2018

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1650, in the meaning defined above

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: a basic group of natural objects that includes all living and extinct animals

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Medical Definition of animal kingdom 

: a basic group of natural objects that includes all living and extinct animals — compare mineral kingdom, plant kingdom

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