animal kingdom

noun

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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Over at least 15,000 years, and especially since a Victorian-era dog-creation craze, selective breeding by humans has resulted in a single species with more physical variation than almost any other in the animal kingdom. Jason Bittel, Anchorage Daily News, "As humans shaped dogs’ bodies, we also altered their brains," 3 Sep. 2019 The animal kingdom offers several ingenious methods of passive cooling, and human engineers have figured out ways to use the same principles. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "Ventilation Tips From the Animal Kingdom," 1 Aug. 2018 Play—or scientifically speaking, voluntary recreational activity—is widespread in the animal kingdom, with dolphins, cats, dogs, otters, ravens and even crocodiles engaging in forms of play. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Rats Learned to Play Hide and Seek to Help Study the Brain," 13 Sep. 2019 Over at least 15,000 years, and especially since a Victorian-era dog-creation craze, selective breeding by humans has resulted in a single species with more physical variation than almost any other in the animal kingdom. Jason Bittel, chicagotribune.com, "As humans shaped dogs’ bodies, we also altered their brains," 10 Sep. 2019 But in the animal kingdom, research has usually focused on different species using alarm calls or other indicators of concern as a way to gauge safety. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Squirrels listen in on bird chatter to decide if they're safe, and that's scientifically significant," 5 Sep. 2019 Over at least 15,000 years, and especially since a Victorian-era dog-creation craze, selective breeding by humans has resulted in a single species with more physical variation than almost any other in the animal kingdom. Jason Bittel, Anchorage Daily News, "As humans shaped dogs’ bodies, we also altered their brains," 3 Sep. 2019 Over at least 15,000 years, and especially since a Victorian-era dog-creation craze, selective breeding by humans has resulted in a single species with more physical variation than almost any other in the animal kingdom. Jason Bittel, chicagotribune.com, "As humans shaped dogs’ bodies, we also altered their brains," 10 Sep. 2019 Over at least 15,000 years, and especially since a Victorian-era dog-creation craze, selective breeding by humans has resulted in a single species with more physical variation than almost any other in the animal kingdom. Jason Bittel, Anchorage Daily News, "As humans shaped dogs’ bodies, we also altered their brains," 3 Sep. 2019

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1650, in the meaning defined above

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animal kingdom

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Kids Definition of animal kingdom

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

animal kingdom

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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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