animal ( animals plural )
1 n-count An animal is a living creature such as a dog, lion, or rabbit, rather than a bird, fish, insect, or human being.
He was attacked by wild animals..., He had a real knowledge of animals, birds and flowers.
2 n-count Any living creature other than a human being can be referred to as an animal.
Language is something which fundamentally distinguishes humans from animals., ...a habitat for plants and animals.
3 n-count Any living creature, including a human being, can be referred to as an animal.
Watch any young human being, or any other young animal.
4 adj Animal products come from animals rather than from plants. The illegal trade in animal products continues to flourish...
People who are concerned with animal rights believe very strongly that animals should not be exploited or harmed by humans. n-uncount oft N n
Animal testing involves doing scientific tests on animals when developing new products or drugs. n-uncount
pack animal ( pack animals plural ) A pack animal is an animal such as a horse or donkey that is used to carry things on journeys. n-count
stuffed animal ( stuffed animals plural ) Stuffed animals are toys that are made of cloth filled with a soft material and which look like animals.
in BRIT, use soft toy