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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
1825-1835
1825-35; < Neo-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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Examples for mammalian
  • And then there are the mammalian world's evolutionary holdouts, the monotremes.
  • But no scientist has ever synthesized a mammalian chromosome from scratch.
  • So you might argue that our superb mammalian eyeballs have stopped evolving.
  • Contemporary avian and mammalian scavengers aren't exclusively torpid and slow.
  • It appears that mammalian brains increased in size along with their ability to detect odors with high resolution.
  • For half that time the sun heats the cabin, causing objects to off-gas, releasing volatile chemicals offensive to mammalian noses.
  • Bruised or cut mammalian tissue reacts by producing scar tissue: tough, fibrous cells that quickly seal off an open wound.
  • Human sleep could develop as far beyond typical mammalian sleep as human thought transcends the platypus'.
  • There's good reason for mammalian inflation to take so long.
  • Field dressing game will give your kids an understanding of mammalian biology better than any computer model or diagram.
Word Origin and History for mammalian
mammalian
1835 (n.), 1857 (adj.), from mammal.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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