noun Etymology: New Latin Mammalia, from Late Latin, neuter plural of mammalis of the breast, from Latin mamma breast Date: 1826 any of a class (Mammalia) of warm-blooded higher vertebrates (as placentals, marsupials, or monotremes) that nourish their young with milk secreted by mammary glands, have the skin usually more or less covered with hair, and include humans • mammalian adjective or noun

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  • Mammal — Mam mal, n.; pl. {Mammals}. [L. mammalis belonging to the breast, fr. mamma the breast or pap: cf. F. mammal.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of the Mammalia. [1913 Webster] {Age of mammals}. See under {Age}, n., 8. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mammal — Mammal, lat. dtsch., die Brüste betreffend …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • mammal — (n.) 1826, anglicized form of Mod.L. Mammalia (1773), coined 1758 by Linnaeus for the class of mammals, from neuter plural of L.L. mammalis of the breast, from L. mamma breast, perhaps cognate with MAMMA (Cf. mamma) …   Etymology dictionary

  • mammal — ► NOUN ▪ a warm blooded vertebrate animal that has hair or fur, secretes milk, and (typically) bears live young. DERIVATIVES mammalian adjective. ORIGIN from Latin mamma breast …   English terms dictionary

  • mammal — [mam′əl] n. [< ModL Mammalia < LL mammalis, of the breasts < L mamma: see MAMMA2] any of a large class (Mammalia) of warmblooded, usually hairy vertebrates whose offspring are fed with milk secreted by the female mammary glands mammalian …   English World dictionary

  • Mammal — For other uses, see Mammal (disambiguation). Mammals Temporal range: Late Triassic – Recent, 220–0 Ma …   Wikipedia

  • mammal — mammallike, adj. /mam euhl/, n. any vertebrate of the class Mammalia, having the body more or less covered with hair, nourishing the young with milk from the mammary glands, and, with the exception of the egg laying monotremes, giving birth to… …   Universalium

  • Mammal — Säugetiere Systematik Überstamm: Neumünder (Deuterostomia) Stamm …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • mammal */ — UK [ˈmæm(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms mammal : singular mammal plural mammals biology an animal that is born from its mother s body, not from an egg, and drinks its mother s milk as a baby. Humans, dogs, and cows are all mammals. Derived …   English dictionary

  • mammal — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ large, small ▪ higher, lower ▪ endangered, rare ▪ extinct ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • mammal — [19] Etymologically, mammal denotes an ‘animal that suckles its young’. The word is a derivative of mammalia [18], the term for that whole class of animals, coined by the Swedish naturalist Linnaeus from Latin mammālis ‘of the breast’. This in… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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