mammal

Part of speech: noun

A vertebrate animal whose female suckles its young.

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Usage examples "mammal":

  1. We should endeavour to ascertain, without seeking either to magnify or diminish them, all the characters by which our new mammal differed from the apes; and if we found that these were of less structural value than those which distinguish certain members of the ape order from others universally admitted to be of the same order, we should undoubtedly place the newly discovered tellurian genus with them." - "Thomas Henry Huxley; A Sketch Of His Life And Work", P. Chalmers Mitchell.
  2. The Common Wood- nymph or Grayling Cercyonis alope In the development of our knowledge of both birds and mammals as found upon the American continent the experience in many cases has been essentially this: a bird or a mammal was first described from some well- known region of North America, commonly from specimens carried to Europe by early voyagers. - "Butterflies Worth Knowing", Clarence M. Weed.
  3. The discovery of the real origin of man by evolution from a long series of mammal ancestors threw light on his place in nature in every aspect, as Huxley had already shown in his excellent lectures of 1863. Just as all the organs and tissues of the human body had originated from those of the nearest related mammals, certain ape- like forms, so we were bound to conclude that his mental qualities also had been derived from those of his extinct primate ancestor. - "Darwin and Modern Science", A.C. Seward and Others.