What does mammal mean?

Definitions for mammal
ˈmæm əlmam·mal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mammal, mammaliannoun

    any warm-blooded vertebrate having the skin more or less covered with hair; young are born alive except for the small subclass of monotremes and nourished with milk

Wiktionary

  1. mammalnoun

    An animal of the class Mammalia, characterized by being warm-blooded, having hair and feeding milk to its young.

    Etymology: Modern Latin Mammalia, coined 1758 by for the class of mammals, from neuter plural of mammalis, from mamma, perhaps cognate with mamma (mother).

  2. mammalnoun

    A vertebrate with three bones in the inner ear and one in the jaw.

    Etymology: Modern Latin Mammalia, coined 1758 by for the class of mammals, from neuter plural of mammalis, from mamma, perhaps cognate with mamma (mother).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mammalnoun

    one of the Mammalia

    Etymology: [L. mammalis belonging to the breast, fr. mamma the breast or pap: cf. F. mammal.]

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  1. Mammal

    Mammals are a clade of endothermic amniotes. Among the features that distinguish them from the other amniotes, the reptiles and the birds, are hair, three middle ear bones, mammary glands in females, and a neocortex. The mammalian brain regulates body temperature and the circulatory system, including the four-chambered heart. The mammals include the largest animals on the planet, the rorqual whales, as well as some of the most intelligent, such as elephants, some primates and some cetaceans. The basic body type is a four-legged land-borne animal, but some mammals are adapted for life at sea, in the air, in the trees, or on two legs. The largest group of mammals, the placentals, have a placenta which feeds the offspring during pregnancy. Mammals range in size from the 30–40 millimeter bumblebee bat to the 33-meter blue whale. The word "mammal" is modern, from the scientific name Mammalia coined by Carl Linnaeus in 1758, derived from the Latin mamma. All female mammals nurse their young with milk, which is secreted from special glands, the mammary glands. According to Mammal Species of the World, 5,702 species were known in 2006. These were grouped in 1,229 genera, 153 families and 29 orders. In 2008 the IUCN completed a five-year, 17,000-scientist Global Mammal Assessment for its IUCN Red List, which counted 5,488 accepted species at the end of that period. In some classifications, the mammals are divided into two subclasses: the Prototheria and the Theria, the latter composed of the infraclasses Metatheria and Eutheria. The marsupials comprise the crown group of the Metatheria and therefore include all living metatherians as well as many extinct ones; the placentals likewise constitute the crown group of the Eutheria.

Editors Contribution

  1. mammal

    A type of animal.

    The mammals are beautiful to see in their natural habitat.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'mammal' in Nouns Frequency: #2683

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mammal in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mammal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of mammal in a Sentence

  1. Morgan Churchill:

    Echolocation is probably one of the most remarkable and unique adaptations within mammals. Out of 6,000 mammal species alive today, only bats and toothed whales, along with a very. small number of small insectivores, use echolocation as a major way of navigating their environment.

  2. Robert Boessenecker:

    There are many other unique and strange early dolphins and baleen whales from Oligocene aged rocks in Charleston, South Carolina, because the Oligocene epoch is the time when filter feeding and echolocation first evolved, and since marine mammal localities of that time are scarce worldwide, the fossils from Charleston offer the most complete window into the early evolution of these groups.

  3. Fabrice Lihoreau:

    When you do a safari, you want to see a lion and you want to see an antelope, but these animals come from Asia they are not really African mammals. This is really an African mammal.

  4. Irish President Michael Higgins:

    Over the past half century, humanity has witnessed the destruction of 60 % of mammal, bird, fish and reptile populations around the world, we are the first generation to truly comprehend the reality of what we're doing to the natural world, and we may be the last with the chance to avert much of the damage. With this knowledge comes an extraordinary burden of responsibility that we all share.

  5. Paul Van Helden:

    We have found bovine TB in two dozen mammal species in South Africa and I would guess a form of TB could be found in every mammal, people didn't think it would spread, but it has.

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