from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having mammary glands.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Mammalian.
- adj. Having mammae, or (jocular) breasts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having breasts; of, pertaining to, or derived from, the Mammalia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having mammæ; being a mammifer; of or pertaining to the Mammifera; mammalian.
Nor was it merely in the cheeks, or rather the chaps of this painted face, in the mammiferous chest, the aggressive rump of this body allowed to deteriorate and invaded by obesity, upon which there now floated iridescent as a film of oil, the vice at one time so jealously confined by M. de Charlus in the most secret chamber of his heart.
The several species of that gigantic genus of birds, the Deinornis, seem here to have replaced mammiferous quadrupeds, in the same manner as the reptiles still do at the Galapagos Archipelago.
“The whale is a mammiferous animal without hind feet.” —
To define man as a mammiferous animal having two hands, or as a featherless biped, we feel to be absurd and incongruous, since there is no reference to the most salient characteristic of man, namely, his rationality.
But how about the preëxisting germs or vital units of the mastodon, the megatherium, and other gigantic mammiferous quadrupeds of the Eocene period?
M. Pasteur's beautiful experiments have conclusively demonstrated that fowls do not catch the _charbon_; now the vital warmth of birds is from seven to nine degrees higher than in the case of mammiferous animals; he imagined that if the fowl was cooled down by baths to the lower temperature, it would be liable equally to become affected; he tried, and the result proved he was correct.
At a later period the _basis cranii_ of vertebrate animals contains three parts analogous to the bodies of vertebræ, the most anterior of which, in the majority of animals, is generally small, and its development frequently abortive, whilst in man and mammiferous animals the three are very distinct.
A. the same period he published a series of Memoirs on the A.atomy of the Mollusca, and devoted his attention to a detailed examination of the fossil remains of the bones of mammiferous animals; he particularly examined the numerous fossils in the environs of Paris, assisted in the geological part of his task by his friend M.A. Brogniart.
All domestic mammiferous animals introduced into America have become more numerous than the indigenous animals.
This had been a stretch, covered with brush and bush, willow and poplar thickets; but my eye saw nothing except a mammiferous waste, cruelly white, glittering in the heatless, chuckling sun, and scoffing at me, the intruder.
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