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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The characteristics or nature of an animal.
  • noun Animals considered as a group; the animal kingdom.
  • noun The animal instincts of humans as distinct from their spiritual nature.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being an animal; animal existence or nature in man; the animal as opposed to the spiritual side of human nature.
  • noun In physiology, the aggregate of those vital phenomena which characterize animals. See vegetality.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Animal existence or nature.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The nature of an animal
  • noun The animal kingdom
  • noun Any characteristic of animality

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the physical (or animal) side of a person as opposed to the spirit or intellect

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