animal kingdom

noun
the animals of the world collectively.


Origin:
1840–50

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animal kingdom
 
n
plant kingdom Compare mineral kingdom a category of living organisms comprising all animals

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animal kingdom definition


The group of living things typically distinguished from members of the plant kingdom by the power of moving from place to place and by a metabolism that does not use photosynthesis.

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Example sentences
Not recognizing individuality in the animal kingdom gives human beings the
  ability to justify devaluing those species.
When the animal kingdom as a whole is surveyed, these stand out as distinctly
  feminine traits.
We will now turn for a short space to the lower divisions of the animal kingdom.
Orchids are the great seducers of the animal kingdom.
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