domestic animal

noun

Definition of domestic animal

: any of various animals (such as the horse or sheep) domesticated so as to live and breed in a tame condition

Examples of domestic animal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Herders sometimes kill snow leopards to prevent or retaliate against predation of their domestic animals. National Geographic, "Snow leopard," 19 Mar. 2020 Secondhand Mutts will, this year, be donating a portion of the proceeds of each breakfast plate sold to an Australian nonprofit domestic animal rescue affected by the brush fires in that country. cleveland, "Fairmount Temple picks a cantor; help Australian animals: Press Run," 24 Jan. 2020 Several preliminary studies, which have not been peer reviewed yet, have been shared on public access websites in the last week, Sander says, suggesting that some groups of domestic animals can be infected with SARS-CoV-2 in laboratory settings. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "Your Pets Are Not Likely to Get or Transmit Coronavirus. Here's What the Experts Say," 7 Apr. 2020 Pet cats in New York have first known cases among domestic animals in U.S. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus live updates: UN fears possible 'hunger pandemic'; vaccine official decries dismissal; Trump disagrees with Georgia reopening," 23 Apr. 2020 Shrinking suitable habitat amid urbanization and the rapid expansion of agriculture also cluster animals closer together with humans and domestic animals. Amanda Morris, azcentral, "Coronavirus won't be the last outbreak. Climate change, waning habitat will drive disease," 30 Mar. 2020 According to National Geographic, several domestic animals have had COVID-19, including dogs in Hong Kong and a domestic cat in Belgium, reports National Geographic. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "With coronavirus in a tiger, should you worry about your family dog or cat?," 6 Apr. 2020 Laboratories for creating new viruses China and Southeast Asia are hot spots for emerging zoonotic diseases, pathogens that naturally occur in wildlife and find their way to domestic animals and humans through mutation or new contact. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, "To Prevent Next Coronavirus, Stop the Wildlife Trade, Conservationists Say," 19 Feb. 2020 Some 125,000 domestic animals were killed, and more than 6,000 hectares of coconut plantations, 40,000 hectares of coral reefs and almost three quarters of the houses were destroyed. Scientific American, "How Disaster Aid Ravaged an Island People," 25 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of domestic animal

1743, in the meaning defined above

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“Domestic animal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/domestic%20animal. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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