Definitions

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

  • noun Any of various warm-blooded vertebrate animals of the class Mammalia, including humans, characterized by a covering of hair on the skin and, in the female, milk-producing mammary glands for nourishing the young.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having breasts or teats; mammiferous.
  • noun An animal of the class Mammalia.

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

  • noun (Zoöl.) One of the Mammalia.
  • noun See under Age, n., 8.

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

  • noun An animal of the class Mammalia, characterized by being warm-blooded, having hair and feeding milk to its young.
  • noun paleontology A vertebrate with three bones in the inner ear and one in the jaw.

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

  • noun any warm-blooded vertebrate having the skin more or less covered with hair; young are born alive except for the small subclass of monotremes and nourished with milk

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Late Latin mammālis, of the breast, from Latin mamma, breast; see mā- in Indo-European roots.]

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Modern Latin Mammalia, coined 1758 by Linnaeus for the class of mammals, from neuter plural of Late Latin mammalis ("of the breast"), from Latin mamma ("breast"), perhaps cognate with mamma (mother).

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