1. Noun.  In scientific usage, a multicellular organism that is usually mobile, whose cells are not encased in a rigid cell wall (distinguishing it from plants and fungi) and which derives energy solely from the consumption of other organisms (distinguishing it from plants).
  2. Noun.  In non-scientific usage, any member of the kingdom Animalia other than a human being.
  3. Noun.  In non-scientific usage, any land-living vertebrate (i.e. not birds, fishes, insects etc).
  4. Noun.  (figuratively) A person who behaves wildly; a bestial, brutal, brutish, cruel, or inhuman person.
  5. Noun.  (informal) A person of a particular type.
  6. Adjective.  Of or relating to animals.
  7. Adjective.  Raw, base, unhindered by social codes.
  8. Adjective.  Pertaining to the spirit or soul; relating to sensation or innervation.
  9. Adjective.  (slang, Ireland) Excellent.

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