Pertaining to the spirit or soul; relating to sensation or innervation.
From Middle English animal, from Old French animal, from Latin animal, a nominal use of an adjective from animale, neuter of animālis, from anima. Displaced native Middle English deor (from Old English dēor), Middle English reother (from Old English hriþer).
From Latin animālis, from either anima or animus. Originally distinct from the noun, it became associated with attributive use of the noun and is now indistinguishable from it.
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