domestic animal


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 The number of domestic animals protected has seen a dramatic decline in recent years, according to the 2019 PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, "Vets fear anti-vax pet owners are putting their animals' health at risk," 5 Sep. 2019 Most of the calls HSCC receives involve domestic animals or wildlife. Lisa Gregory,, "Tales (tails?) from the Humane Society, the receptacle for lost and abandoned dogs, cats and even a kangaroo," 26 Aug. 2019 The harsh reality is, domestic animals can run and hide in an emergency, but these stickers can help pets get rescued. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: A sticker for your pets," 10 Aug. 2019 Eleanor Sadler, a 19-year veteran of the organization tasked with aiding wild and domestic animals in need in the city. Sarah Feldberg,, "@OfficerEdith is the patron saint of San Francisco animals," 16 Aug. 2019 Conditions for reindeer were good in the nineteen-twenties, swelling the herds to half a million domestic animals. Bathsheba Demuth, The New Yorker, "When the Soviet Union Freed the Arctic from Capitalist Slavery," 15 Aug. 2019 According to the release, there were unconfirmed reports of a domestic animal going missing., "Cougar shot, killed by sheriff’s deputy in Cascade Locks," 22 June 2019 As people grow better-off, their attitudes to domestic animals change. The Economist, "Pet-ownership is booming across the world," 22 June 2019 No longer necessities, domestic animals became luxuries. The Economist, "Pets have gained the upper paw over their so-called owners," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of domestic animal

1743, in the meaning defined above

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27 Sep 2019

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