Animals Vocabulary List & Definitions

diurnal
occurring or active during, or belonging to, the daytime rather than nighttime.
diversity
the state or condition of being unlike; dissimilarity, a variety.
extinction
the act or process of becoming or making extinct, or of being ended or putting an end to.
habitat
the natural environment of a plant or animal.
herbivore
an animal that feeds on plants.
invertebrate
without a spinal column or backbone; not vertebrate.
nocturnal
active at night.
predator
an animal that eats the flesh of others.
prey
the object of a hunt or pursuit, usu. one animal caught and eaten by another.
vertebrate
a member of the large group of animals that have a backbone or spinal column, including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fishes.
carnivore
a flesh-eating animal, esp. a meat-eating mammal. a plant that eats insects.
conservation
the preservation of a resource, esp. a natural resource such as soil, water, or forests, from loss, pollution, or waste.