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mammalian

[muh-mey-lee-uh n, -meyl-yuh n] /məˈmeɪ li ən, -ˈmeɪl yən/
noun
1.
an animal of the class Mammalia; mammal.
adjective
2.
belonging or pertaining to the class Mammalia; characteristic of mammals.
Origin of mammalian
1825-1835
1825-35; < New Latin Mammali(a) (see mammal) + -an
Related forms
mammality
[muh-mal-i-tee] /məˈmæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonmammalian, noun, adjective
unmammalian, adjective
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  • The mammalian presternum (manubrium sterni) and xiphosternum have the same origin as the main body of the sternum (Ruge, No. 438).

  • mammalian bones are also plentifully distributed in the Danish kitchen-middens.

    Primitive Man Louis Figuier
  • Those animals lived all through what is called the mammalian age in geology, or the sixth day in the Bible.

    Looking Back Merrick Abner Richardson
  • No associated implements or remains of mammalian skeletons are recorded.

    Prehistoric Man W. L. H. Duckworth
  • He also considers that the mammalian scaphoid represents a centrale.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • Nor have we any record of the mammalian life in this 'ancient loess' of Europe.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
Word Origin and History for mammalian
adj.

1813, from mammal + -ian. As a noun, from 1835.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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