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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Suddenly, Laika, Ham, and her pups need to come up with a plan to outwit their human foes and save this intergalactic animal kingdom from extinction. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Laika: Forget historic tragedy, this first space dog saves alien planets," 14 Oct. 2018 Robot research has been looking to the animal kingdom for inspiration—and a new bio-mimicking robot tackles one of nature's most irritating pests to prevent their real life counterparts from pestering plants. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "This Robot Helped Uncover the Flying Secrets of Fruit Flies," 13 Sep. 2018 Each episode tells the story of a certain beloved member of the animal kingdom. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "BBC Earth's "Dynasties" Is a Captivating Look Into the Animal Kingdom," 9 Nov. 2018 If the animal kingdom had eye doctors, bees and wasps would constantly camp out in the waiting room. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Tips to Prevent Bee and Wasp Stings When Exploring the Great Outdoors," 10 Oct. 2018 From the groler bear (grizzly + polar) to the dzo (yak + cow), here are 10 hybrid species that are relatively new to the animal kingdom. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "10 Unusual Animal Hybrids," 21 Sep. 2010 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

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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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