the human animal

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the human animal

: human beings : people in general
  • studying the habits of the human animal

Word by Word Definitions

human play
  1. : of, relating to, or characteristic of humans (see 2human)

  2. : consisting of humans

  3. : having human form or attributes

  1. : a bipedal primate mammal (Homo sapiens) : a person : man

animal play
  1. : any of a kingdom (Animalia) of living things including many-celled organisms and often many of the single-celled ones (such as protozoans) that typically differ from plants in having cells without cellulose walls, in lacking chlorophyll and the capacity for photosynthesis, in requiring more complex food materials (such as proteins), in being organized to a greater degree of complexity, and in having the capacity for spontaneous movement and rapid motor responses to stimulation

  2. : one of the lower animals (see 3lower 3) as distinguished from human beings

  3. : mammal

  1. : of, relating to, resembling, or derived from animals

  2. : of or relating to the physical or sentient as contrasted with the intellectual or rational

  3. : sensual, fleshly


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