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[muh-mey-lee-uh n, -meyl-yuh n] /məˈmeɪ li ən, -ˈmeɪl yən/
an animal of the class Mammalia; mammal.
belonging or pertaining to the class Mammalia; characteristic of mammals.
Origin of mammalian
1825-35; < New Latin Mammali(a) (see mammal) + -an
Related forms
[muh-mal-i-tee] /məˈmæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nonmammalian, noun, adjective
unmammalian, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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