plural noun

often capitalized
: that one of the basic groups of living things that comprises either all the animals or all the multicellular animals compare animal kingdom, plantae, protista

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, plural of animal

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of animalia was in 1902

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“Animalia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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