animalness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

animal +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

animalness (uncountable)

  1. The quality of being animal; animality.
    • 2014, Christopher Watts, Relational Archaeologies: Humans, Animals, Things (page 101)
      These examples reveal that the shared personhood of hunters and prey was mutually comprehensible, such that hunters could see the animalness of themselves and the humanness of prey, and prey could see the humanness of themselves []