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

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That last point is important, because domestic animals are incredibly good at picking up cues from their handlers. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Horses may understand human emotion, especially anger," 6 Sep. 2018 The agency says a high percentage of cougars attacking domestic animals or people are 1- to 2-year-old cougars that have become independent of their mothers. Author: Erik Lacitis, Anchorage Daily News, "1 dead, 1 injured in cougar attack east of Seattle," 20 May 2018 Archaeologists have often relied on the remains of domestic animals as well as game animals to judge human activity. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Rat Bones Reveal How Humans Transformed Their Island Environments," 7 June 2018 If the domestic animal is displaying symptoms, they are euthanized and tested. Brittany Britto,, "Explainer: On groundhogs, rabies and what we know (and don't know) about Carroll's rodents," 9 May 2018 Lady Xia also took a leopard, a lynx, an Asiatic black bear, a crane, and several domestic animals with her to her very ornate grave in Chang’an, now the city of Shenheyuan in Shaanxi Province. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Extinct gibbon in ancient Chinese tomb hints at other lost primate species," 22 June 2018 This would be an absurd price for any domestic animal, in my opinion, especially one weighing under five pounds. Melanie Caduhada, The Cut, "That Time My Ex Tried to Buy Me Out of Our Cat," 19 June 2018 In Grafton, New Hampshire, black bears have started killing domestic animals, invading personal space, even smacking one woman, creating a psychic and territorial battle between residents and the otherwise shy Ursus americanus. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Small-Town New Hampshire’s Battle with Bears and Liberty," 5 June 2018 The initiatives, however, allowed certain exceptions for landowners or agents of government agencies to use dogs to kill bears to protect public safety, domestic animals and private property. Phuong Le, The Seattle Times, "Group sues Washington Fish and Wildlife over bear killings," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of domestic animal

1743, in the meaning defined above

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