Glossary

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Mammal - 

A warm-bloodedAn animal whose body temperature stays fairly constant, no matter what the temperature of the air around it. animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. with a backboneThe column of bones (spine) in the back of many animals. It supports the body. An animal with a backbone is called a vertebrate. that breathes air, and has at least some hair at some point during its life. The females have glands that produce milk, which they feed to their young.

Mane - 

Long, heavy hair that grows around the neck and head of some mammals, such as horses and male lions.

Marine - 

Able to live in salt water, as ocean fish, whales or polar bears.

Marsupial - 

A type of mammalA warm-blooded animal with a backbone that breathes air, and has at least some hair at some point during its life. The females have glands that produce milk, which they feed to their young. that develops in a pouch.

Matriarchal society - 

A group of animals that is controlled by a dominant female, such as elephants.

Melanistic - 

The black or dark color form of an organismAnything that is alive..

Metamorphosis - 

The changes in shape and abilities that certain animals go through as they grow from young animals to adults. Caterpillars become butterflies through metamorphosisThe changes in shape and abilities that certain animals go through as they grow from young animals to adults. Caterpillars become butterflies through metamorphosis..

Migrate/migration - 

To move/the seasonal movement of animals from one place of residence to another.

Milk tooth - 

A temporary tooth of a mammalA warm-blooded animal with a backbone that breathes air, and has at least some hair at some point during its life. The females have glands that produce milk, which they feed to their young..

Mimic - 

A harmless and edible animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. that is mistaken for an inedible, poisonous, or venomous animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. due to its imitative color or pattern.

Molt - 

To shed portions of the skin, feathers, or hair.

monogamous - 

Having just one mating partner and usually staying with that partner until death.

Monotreme - 

A type of mammalA warm-blooded animal with a backbone that breathes air, and has at least some hair at some point during its life. The females have glands that produce milk, which they feed to their young. that lays eggs. The echidna and duck-billed platypus are the only two mammalA warm-blooded animal with a backbone that breathes air, and has at least some hair at some point during its life. The females have glands that produce milk, which they feed to their young. speciesA group of individuals that have many of the same characteristics, and are different from all other animals in some important way. Hamsters and mice are two different species of rodent. in the monotremeA type of mammal that lays eggs. The echidna and duck-billed platypus are the only two mammal species in the monotreme classification. classification.

Montane - 

A geographic zone made up of moist, cool upland slopes below the timberline that has large evergreen trees as a dominant life form.

Mouse House - 

Below is the recipe for the Mouse HouseBelow is the recipe for the Mouse House, which is made for the Children's Zoo in one of the San Diego Zoo's restaurants. (Warning: this recipe makes a BIG house!) 1 quart water 1 cake fresh yeast 4 pounds wheat flour 4 ounces sugar (1/2 cup) 1 ounce salt (1/8 cup) 5 ounces vegetable shortening (2/3 cup) Mix the ingredients well to make a dough. Let the dough sit for awhile to rise, until it's puffing up toward the top of the bowl. Then punch it down by kneading it some with your hands. Leave it to rise up one more time. Put the risen dough into a large, greased square pan. Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit, then reduce the oven heat to 325 degrees and bake for another hour. You can make a smaller loaf by reducing the amount of each of the ingredients by one-fourth., which is made for the Children's Zoo in one of the San Diego Zoo's restaurants. (Warning: this recipe makes a BIG house!)

1 quart water

1 cake fresh yeast

4 pounds wheat flour

4 ounces sugar (1/2 cup)

1 ounce salt (1/8 cup)

5 ounces vegetable shortening (2/3 cup)

Mix the ingredients well to make a dough. Let the dough sit for awhile to rise, until it's puffing up toward the top of the bowl. Then punch it down by kneading it some with your hands. Leave it to rise up one more time. Put the risen dough into a large, greased square pan. Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit, then reduce the oven heat to 325 degrees and bake for another hour. You can make a smaller loaf by reducing the amount of each of the ingredients by one-fourth.