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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: Late Latin creatura, from Latin creare; CREATE

creature

noun
     
Related topics: Biology
crea‧ture W3 [countable]
1HB

living thing

anything that is living, such as an animal, fish, or insect, but not a plant:
all the living creatures in the sea
creatures of the deep (=animals and fish that live in the ocean)
2HB

imaginary or strange

an imaginary animal or person, or one that is very strange and frightening:
creatures from outer space
3

a creature of habit

someone who always does things in the same way or at the same time
4

something made or invented

formal something, especially something bad, that was made or invented by a particular person or organization
creature of
The poll tax was a creature of the Government.
5

somebody controlled by something

someone who is controlled or influenced a lot by something
creature of
He was a creature of the military government.
6

beautiful/stupid/adorable etc creature

literary someone who has a particular character or quality:
He was the most beautiful creature Dot had ever seen.

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