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domestic animal
as in:  a domestic animal like a dog


We work to reduce abuse of domestic animals.
  referring to animals kept as pets or for ranching
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domestication domestic animal domesticate domesticable
Strongly Associated with:   domesticated
Notes:
Typically, people are referring to cats, dogs, and livestock when they say a "domestic animal" in this sense.

Memory aid:  It may help you to remember the different senses of domestic if you remember that all of them have to do with the word home. In this case, you could think of a domestic animal as one that people might have around the home.
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  • We work to reduce abuse of domestic animals.
  • The book details the history of domestic animals such as dogs, cats, or cows.
  • Each year, millions of domestic animals in the United States are killed after they are dropped off at shelters and not adopted.
  • She says that no longer how many years a chimpanzee has lived peacefully as a pet, it is not a domestic animal and can snap without warning.

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  • ...but domestic animals cannot survive in the wild.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • You’re a real domestic animal.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • See blank tee what domestic animal?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • There are streets and houses, and there are books, I imagine, and big canals and docks and places for stabling, if not horses, well, then some domestic animal, perhaps with twelve legs, who knows?
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • She soon finished her eating, and having a consciousness that Clare was regarding her, began to trace imaginary patterns on the tablecloth with her forefinger with the constraint of a domestic animal that perceives itself to be watched.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • "Frightened?" he said, touching her cheek as if she were some domestic animal.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native

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  • Any literalism which could suggest the cosy familiarity of a domestic animal—or worse, a pantomine horse—should be avoided.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • Between him and all domestic animals there must be no hostilities.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • The sight of all these domestic animals made us long even more than ever for our home at Rockburg, and we determined to hasten thither with all possible speed.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Their boundaries were to be violated, their domestic animals, the beetles, were to be kidnapped, and their communall stomach would be starved.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • That’s exactly how people have bred domestic animals for more than ten thousand years, Sophie.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • He taught his tribes how to fish with nets, to hunt and to rear domestic animals, divided the people into clans, and instituted matrimony.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • On Saturdays the poor mulattoes, along with all their domestic animals and kitchen utensils, tumultuously abandoned their hovels of cardboard and tin on the edges of the swamps and in jubilant assault took over the rocky beaches of the colonial district.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • They had villages and cities, vehicles, houses, marketplaces, bounded fields, agricultural implements and domestic animals, and led a life quite as rich and varied as that in most rural areas of the world today.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • As long as people lived in the country, in nature, surrounded by domestic animals, in the bosom of regularly recurring seasons, they retained at least a glimmer of that paradisiac idyll.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • There are six low phoenix notes and six high, six worldly environments, six senses, six virtues, six obligations, six classes of ideograph, six domestic animals, six arts, and six paths of metempsychosis.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • He took his way towards the slight pen which contained the domestic animals, worming himself along the ground in his former subtle and guarded manner.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • At the Period of our tale, and, indeed, for half a century later, the whole of that vast region which has been called the West, or the new countries since the war of the revolution, lay a comparatively unpeopled desert, teeming with all the living productions of nature that properly belonged to the climate, man and the domestic animals excepted.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • Behind it, and behind the enormous wall, they had huddled at night in wooden shacks, together with their domestic animals.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • It was called the Spancel —after the rope with which domestic animals were hobbled —and there were several of them in the secret coffers of the Old Ones.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • He was down and out but, though branded as a black sheep, if he might say so, he meant to reform, to retrieve the memory of the past in a purely sisterly way and return to nature as a purely domestic animal.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Chickens and cows are domestic animals.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • On the other hand, Fermina Daza, his wife, who at that time was seventy-two years old and had already lost the doe’s gait of her younger days, was an irrational idolater of tropical flowers and domestic animals, and early in her marriage she had taken advantage of the novelty of love to keep many more of them in the house than good sense would allow.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Animals rights people say we should free domestic animals, but domestic animals cannot survive in the wild.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
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Associated words [difficulty]:   domestic animal [7] , domesticated [4] , feral [2] , domesticated [4]
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