creature

[kree-cher]
noun
1.
an animal, especially a nonhuman: the creatures of the woods and fields; a creature from outer space.
2.
anything created, whether animate or inanimate.
3.
person; human being: She is a charming creature. The driver of a bus is sometimes an irritable creature.
4.
an animate being.
5.
a person whose position or fortune is owed to someone or something and who continues under the control or influence of that person or thing: The cardinal was a creature of Louis XI.
6.
Scot. and Older U.S. Use. intoxicating liquor, especially whiskey (usually preceded by the ): He drinks a bit of the creature before bedtime.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English creature < Late Latin creātūra act of creating. See create, -ure

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creature (ˈkriːtʃə)
 
n
1.  a living being, esp an animal
2.  something that has been created, whether animate or inanimate: a creature of the imagination
3.  a human being; person: used as a term of scorn, pity, or endearment
4.  a person who is dependent upon another; tool or puppet
 
[C13: from Church Latin crēatūra, from Latin crēare to create]
 
'creatural
 
adj
 
'creaturely
 
adj
 
'creatureliness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

creature
late 13c., "anything created," also "living being," from L. creatura "thing created," from pp. stem of creare "create." Meaning "anything that ministers to man's comforts" (1610s), after I Tim. iv 4, led to jocular use for "whisky" (1630s).
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Creature definition


denotes the whole creation in Rom. 8:39; Col. 1:15; Rev. 5:13; the whole human race in Mark 16:15; Rom. 8:19-22. The living creatures in Ezek. 10:15, 17, are imaginary beings, symbols of the Divine attributes and operations.

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Example sentences
Also, these poor creatures have been fished to near extinction.
Memory is of little or no significance to these creatures.
We need to restore the populations of fish and other creatures in the oceans.
The primary source of calcite, or calcium carbonate, is the secretions of
  certain sea creatures.
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