Definition of warm-blooded in English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting animals (chiefly mammals and birds) that maintain a constant body temperature, typically above that of the surroundings, by metabolic means; homeothermic.

    • ‘Only warm-blooded animals have an insulating body covering, such as hair or feathers.’
    • ‘Rabies is a severe and fatal disease of the central nervous system of warm-blooded animals, including man.’
    • ‘Experimental psychologists have demonstrated that a wide range of warm-blooded vertebrates, from parrots to bonobos, evince surprising antecedents of human linguistic capacities.’
    • ‘Their eggs are large, green, and poisonous to warm-blooded vertebrates, including humans.’
    • ‘Rabies is endemic in the majority of warm-blooded mammals in Thailand, including rats and mice, cat's favourite prey.’
    • ‘If it fell in the known range of temperatures of a warm-blooded animal, the vinchuca might as well try for a meal.’
    • ‘When the carrier insect feeds on a warm-blooded animal, the eggs hatch and the larva penetrates the skin.’
    • ‘Keeping a constant body temperature is the most serious challenge facing warm-blooded mammals in an aquatic environment.’
    • ‘Infrared sensing pits enable them to hunt at night, when warm-blooded mammals are easier to find.’
    • ‘Since it is unlikely that a large warm-blooded animal will loose this metabolic characteristic and become cold-blooded, there is a solid case that Triassic thecodonts were also ectotherms.’
    • ‘Whales are mammals - warm-blooded, air-breathing creatures - but they spend their entire life in the ocean.’
    • ‘He found that the insects walked toward temperatures close to that of a warm-blooded animal, away from plates that were hotter, and were unaffected by the ones at room temperature.’
    • ‘A typical meat-eating animal welfare advocate is personally responsible for the slaughter of twenty-two warm-blooded animals per year, 1,500 in an average lifetime.’
    • ‘How does being warm-blooded help mammals (including humans) to survive in both very cold and very hot places?’
    • ‘They are endotherms, or warm-blooded animals, generating their own body heat, and they can finely tune the thermal, water, and chemical balance of their bodies from minute to minute.’
    • ‘This study calls into question our long-standing view that warm-blooded mammals were only occasional and accidental hosts of this human fungal pathogen.’
    • ‘Insects have evolved smell receptors tailored to their individual ecological niches: fruit flies detect fruit, for example, and mosquitoes sense humans and other warm-blooded animals.’
    • ‘Vampire bats are found across Latin America and feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals such as birds, horses and cattle.’
    • ‘Should we now imagine dinosaurs as thermally insulated warm-blooded animals that ploughed through snowdrifts and scraped the ice off the ground to find food?’
    • ‘Mammals are warm-blooded, furry, have erect stance, give birth to live young and care for them, and replace their teeth only once.’
    homeothermic, homeothermal
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  • 2Ardent; passionate.

    • ‘This warm-blooded, passionate work was a challenge for unaccompanied singing and there were some beautiful moments, in particular the Pie Jesu.’
    • ‘Her musicality shines forth in her lyricism and she made an enchanting peasant Giselle and an ethereal but warm-blooded spirit.’
    passionate, ardent, red-blooded, hot-blooded, fervid, impetuous, emotional, intense, lively, spirited, fiery, tempestuous, hot, sultry, torrid
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/ˈˌwôrm ˈblədəd/