mammal

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

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mammal ‎(plural mammals)

  1. An animal of the class Mammalia, characterized by being warm-blooded, having hair and feeding milk to its young.
  2. (paleontology) A vertebrate with three bones in the inner ear and one in the jaw.

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