plural noun, often capitalized
an·​i·​ma·​lia | \ ˌanəˈmālyə, -lēə \

Definition of animalia

: 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

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First Known Use of animalia

1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for animalia

New Latin, from Latin, plural of animal

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“Animalia.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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