|Origin:||animalis 'having life', from anima 'soul'|
an‧i‧mal1 S1 W1 [countable]
a living creature such as a dog or cat, that is not an insect, plant, bird, fish, or person:
furry little animals
cattle, sheep, and other domestic animals
The cosmetics have not been tested on animals.
Beth is an animal lover (=someone who likes animals).
any living creature that is not a plant or a person:
He can't stand cruelty to animals of any sort.
the animal welfare movement in Britain
the enormous diversity of the animal kingdom
any living creature, including people:
Man is a highly intelligent animal.
someone who behaves in a cruel, violent, or very rude way:
Football hooligans are just animals.
something that is very different from the thing you have mentioned:
Writing e-mail is a very different animal from all other forms of writing.
someone who is interested in politics, in meeting other people etc:
He is simply not a social animal.