exuberance arising from an excess of energy; vivacity and good humor:
The children romped on the lawn, full of animal spirits.
It may possibly be imagined that he was made a mere book-worm, or might have been naturally deficient in animal spirits.
Olive Leaves Lydia Howard Sigourney
Most of this cruelty, I think, is born of a sheer excess of animal spirits.
The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
It was a mere outbreak of animal spirits, and was not taken seriously.
The Son of a Servant August Strindberg
If the animal spirits fail, they represent it as an actual temptation.
The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson Robert Southey
Central Park offers numerous attractions now to all who love to keep up their animal spirits by studying animal life.
Punchinello, Vol. 2, No. 36, December 3, 1870 Various
At the same time they possessed a large fund of animal spirits.
Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
None of the changes or chances of an adventurous life seem to have either abated or checked the flow of his animal spirits.
Lippincott’s Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20, September, 1877. Various
He has more than the usual amount of animal spirits, that is all.
Bert Lloyd’s Boyhood J. McDonald Oxley
Each day his animal spirits surged higher; each day her sway of awe and respect grew more precarious.
The Fashionable Adventures of Joshua Craig David Graham Phillips
She rolled downhill at Rialto bridge to tempt me with her flow of animal spirits.
Ulysses James Joyce
cheerful and exuberant boisterousness
- Animal starch
. Historical Examples Some of the sugars, for instance, the liver turns into a kind of animal starch (glycogen), which it stores away in its own cells. A Handbook of Health Woods Hutchinson Thus we have animal starch, or glycogen, stored up in the liver. A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell animal starch found in […]
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- Animal-assisted therapy
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. Historical Examples Animalcula is the plural of animalculum; there is no such word as animalculœ. Every-Day Errors of Speech L. P. Meredith animalculum (plural, animalcula) is used with the same meaning. A Treatise on Physiology and Hygiene Joseph Chrisman Hutchison