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

Examples of animal kingdom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the only group of venomous primates, slow lorises were already seen as oddities in the animal kingdom, and for decades, scientists debated why a primate would evolve to be venomous. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Cute-but-Deadly Slow Loris Reserves Its Flesh-Rotting Venom for Its Peers," 22 Oct. 2020 Scientists are unraveling the mystery of a bug with one of the coolest names in the animal kingdom: the diabolical ironclad beetle. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Meet the diabolical ironclad beetle, which can survive being run over by a car," 22 Oct. 2020 In one of the strangest birth methods in the animal kingdom, babies erupt from a cluster of tiny holes in their mother’s back. National Geographic, "Surinam toad," 1 Oct. 2020 There are many members of the animal kingdom that rival our own wits. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, "What are the smartest animals in the world and how do we know?," 30 Mar. 2018 Felix is filled with animal kingdom theories of male nature and is wholly convinced that Dean is cheating. Lindsey Bahr, Star Tribune, "Review: Sofia Coppola's 'On the Rocks' is a modest delight," 1 Oct. 2020 In the book, Muñiz also details her love for animals, and told People that sloths are her all-time favorite of the animal kingdom. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, "Jennifer Lopez's Daughter Emme Reveals What It Was Like Performing Together at the 2020 Super Bowl," 24 Sep. 2020 There’s also a bat social system that seems unique in the animal kingdom: social groups entirely made up of unrelated individuals. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Holy misdirected anger! Bats not to blame, say scientists.," 15 Sep. 2020 Recognition that gene loss has been important to evolution throughout the animal kingdom opens new doors for research. Quanta Magazine, "By Losing Genes, Life Often Evolved More Complexity," 1 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of animal kingdom

1650, in the meaning defined above

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“Animal kingdom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/animal%20kingdom. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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animal kingdom

noun

Kids Definition of animal kingdom

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

animal kingdom

noun

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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