|1.||an imaginary beast, such as a centaur, usually made up of various animal or human parts|
|2.||a person, animal, or plant with a marked structural deformity|
|3.||a cruel, wicked, or inhuman person|
|4.||a. a very large person, animal, or thing|
|b. (as modifier): a monster cake|
|5.||informal (Austral), (NZ) to criticize (a person or group) severely|
|6.||(Austral), (NZ) sport to use intimidating tactics against (an opponent)|
|[C13: from Old French monstre, from Latin monstrum portent, from monēre to warn]|
monster mon·ster (mŏn'stər)
An animal, a plant, or other organism having structural defects or deformities.
A fetus or an infant that is grotesquely abnormal and usually not viable.
see green-eyed monster.
in biology, an embryo, a newborn animal, or young plant that is grossly deformed. The defects may be genetic (i.e., inherited) or result from such influences as drugs, X rays, or diseases. Two main types of monster are recognized: those with defective or excessive growth of body parts and those with partial or complete doubling of the body on one of its axes. The repetition or absence of body parts such as fingers or toes are frequent anomalies in humans and other mammals.
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