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 The problem is when the virus spills over to domestic animals or humans. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 31 Oct. 2023 Leyden also said that Maryland law does not distinguish domestic animals from wild ones, and that prosecutors believe there should be a higher penalty for those who mistreat — or let loose — exotic creatures in the state. Katie Mettler, Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2023 In addition, human diseases such as smallpox and measles developed from diseases plaguing domestic animals. Jared Diamond, Discover Magazine, 17 Apr. 2023 No other animals were known to be exposed but there were several unvaccinated domestic animals on the property where the animals was found. Leada Gore |, al, 14 Sep. 2023 The humane society, on Littlestown Pike in Westminster, is a county agency, charged since 1977 to enforce domestic animal laws, sell dog licenses and shelter animals in the county. Sherry Greenfield, Baltimore Sun, 27 Aug. 2023 Do not go near wildlife or domestic animals that are acting in a strange or unusual manner. Leada Gore |, al, 14 Sep. 2023 Because rabies is easily transmitted to our domestic animals from wildlife and then to us from our domestic animals via bite, a decrease in rabies vaccinations could have serious ramifications. Mary Walrath-Holdridge, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2023 Additionally, as part of the settlement, per PETA, the operators of the South Carolina facility are banned from owning or exhibiting wild or exotic animals, breeding domestic animals, exploiting domestic animals for profit, and working or volunteering at other roadside zoos. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 28 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1743, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of domestic animal was in 1743

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“Domestic animal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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domestic animal

: any of various domesticated animals (as the horse or sheep)

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