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Animal \An"i*mal\, a. [Cf. F. animal.]

  1. Of or relating to animals; as, animal functions.

  2. Pertaining to the merely sentient part of a creature, as distinguished from the intellectual, rational, or spiritual part; as, the animal passions or appetites.

  3. Consisting of the flesh of animals; as, animal food.

    Animal magnetism. See Magnetism and Mesmerism.

    Animal electricity, the electricity developed in some animals, as the electric eel, torpedo, etc.

    Animal flower (Zo["o]l.), a name given to certain marine animals resembling a flower, as any species of actinia or sea anemone, and other Anthozoa, hydroids, starfishes, etc.

    Animal heat (Physiol.), the heat generated in the body of a living animal, by means of which the animal is kept at nearly a uniform temperature.

    Animal spirits. See under Spirit.

    Animal kingdom, the whole class of beings endowed with animal life. It embraces several subkingdoms, and under these there are Classes, Orders, Families, Genera, Species, and sometimes intermediate groupings, all in regular subordination, but variously arranged by different writers.

    Note: The following are the grand divisions, or subkingdoms, and the principal classes under them, generally recognized at the present time: Vertebrata, including Mammalia or Mammals, Aves or Birds, Reptilia, Amphibia, Pisces or Fishes, Marsipobranchiata (Craniota); and Leptocardia (Acrania). Tunicata, including the Thaliacea, and Ascidioidea or Ascidians. Articulata or Annulosa, including Insecta, Myriapoda, Malacapoda, Arachnida, Pycnogonida, Merostomata, Crustacea (Arthropoda); and Annelida, Gehyrea (Anarthropoda). Helminthes or Vermes, including Rotifera, Ch[ae]tognatha, Nematoidea, Acanthocephala, Nemertina, Turbellaria, Trematoda, Cestoidea, Mesozea. Molluscoidea, including Brachiopoda and Bryozoa. Mollusca, including Cephalopoda, Gastropoda, Pteropoda, Scaphopoda, Lamellibranchiata or Acephala. Echinodermata, including Holothurioidea, Echinoidea, Asterioidea, Ophiuroidea, and Crinoidea. C[oe]lenterata, including Anthozoa or Polyps, Ctenophora, and Hydrozoa or Acalephs. Spongiozoa or Porifera, including the sponges. Protozoa, including Infusoria and Rhizopoda. For definitions, see these names in the Vocabulary.


n. (plural of polyp English)

Usage examples of "polyps".

His polyps were whirring madly, making a sly, whispering hiss drift behind him.

Elongated versions of the polyps Rogan possessed heavily fringed a central aperture.

He raised his flattened skull, and between the polyps I saw two bulging black eyes staring at me.

The amphistaff polyps in this grove ranged from one to three meters tall: deep-rooted mounds of leather-fleshed tissue, each with two to five muscular nodules from which sprouted triads of juvenile amphistaffs.

Jacen Solo, it was forced to generate a shadow shape using the infrared-sensitive eyespots of the sessile polyps in the amphistaff grove.

In a part of his mind far from the pain and the blood and the harsh blue-white glare, he can feel the dark satisfaction of the amphistaff polyps behind him as they swiftly, almost instantly digest the fallen warrior.

In the treatment of nasal polyps he says that whenever drug treatment of these is not successful, they should be removed with a snare made of hair.

For instance, in the treatment of polyps he says that they should be incised and cauterized.

Soft polyps should be drawn out with a toothed tenaculum as far as can be without risk of breaking them off.

Arculanus suggests a substitute method by which latent polyps or occult polyps as he calls them may be removed.

Triad swiveled a serpentine head around, the three eye polyps around her mouth pointed in his direction.

Some of them already had touched down, anchored to anything handy by whatever hand or foot was convenient, like sea polyps swaying in a current.

It was dark gray with pink streaks, and a beard of green polyps matted its chest region.

Janodo of the Gate hit it with a shotgun blast, in the chest, where green polyps were thick.

Dark gray in color with pink streaks and a beard of green polyps that matted its chest region and hung beneath the jaw, it had two humanlike legs and a number of long narrow tentacles that were white with brown tips.