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kingdom

 [king´dum]
1. in the classification of living organisms, the highest of the categories; the most widely used classification system lists five kingdoms: monera, protista, fungi, Planta (the plants, and Animalia (the animals).
2. traditionally, one of three major categories into which natural objects may be classified, consisting of the animal, plant, and mineral kingdoms.

king·dom

(king'dŭm),
The highest taxonomic category into which living forms are classified, comprising Monera (bacteria and blue-green algae), Protista (protozoa and eukaryotic algae), Fungi (fungi), Plantae (plants), and Animalia (animals).
[A.S. cyningdōm, fr. cyning, king, + -dom, state, condition]

kingdom

/king·dom/ (king´dum)
1. in the classification of living organisms, the highest of the categories; there are usually considered to be five: Monera, Protista, Fungi, Plantae (the plants), and Animalia (the animals).
2. traditionally, one of three major categories into which natural objects are classified: the animal, plant, and mineral kingdoms.

kingdom

(kĭng′dəm)
n.
1. In the Linnean taxonomic system, the highest taxonomic category into which organisms are grouped, based on fundamental similarities and common ancestry. One widely used taxonomic system designates five or six such groups: animals, plants, fungi, protists, and prokaryotes (often divided into bacteria and archaea). Other systems divide organisms into domains (eukaryotes, bacteria, and archaea) that replace or rank above kingdoms.
2. One of the three main divisions (animal, vegetable, and mineral) into which natural organisms and objects have traditionally been classified.

kingdom

the highest taxonomic grouping (TAXON) in some CLASSIFICATIONS. In older classifications, five kingdoms are recognised: PLANTAE, ANIMALIA, FUNGI, PROTISTA and MONERA. In more recent classifications, based on genetic structures and sequences, many other groupings of equivalent status to kingdom (though in some BACTERIA referred to as PHYLA) are recognized.

kingdom

one of the three major categories into which natural objects are usually classified: the animal (including all animals), plant (including all plants), and mineral (including all substances and objects without life). A fourth, the Protista, includes all single-celled organisms.
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They would not allow me to be a dwarf, because my littleness was beyond all degrees of comparison; for the queen's favourite dwarf, the smallest ever known in that kingdom, was near thirty feet high.
My heart sank when I perceived that the commander was the vizir who had dethroned my father, and was come to seize the kingdom of my uncle.
So they had two kingdoms and lived in great wealth.
The empire of Abyssinia hath been one of the largest which history gives us an account of: it extended formerly from the Red Sea to the kingdom of Congo, and from Egypt to the Indian Sea.
2) By attempting to govern an army in the same way as he administers a kingdom, being ignorant of the conditions which obtain in an army.
I was a child and She was a child, In this kingdom by the sea, But we loved with a love that was more than love - I and my ANNABEL LEE - With a love that the wingéd seraphs of Heaven Coveted her and me.
No body can be healthful without exercise, neither natural body nor politic; and certainly to a kingdom or estate, a just and honorable war, is the true exercise.
For he thought to himself, 'My brother is surely dead, and the kingdom will fall to me if I find the water.
He's the holiest thing we have in the kingdom," replied King Kleaver.
Know ye that we have taken under our protection (at the request of David de Bruce) John Barbour, Archdeacon of Aberdeen, with the scholars in his company, in coming into our kingdom of England, in order to study in the university of Oxford, and perform his scholastic exercises, and in remaining there and in returning to his own country of Scotland.
For the king, whose name is Roquat of the Rocks, owns a splendid palace underneath the great mountain which is at the north end of this kingdom, and he has transformed the queen and her children into ornaments and bric-a-brac with which to decorate his rooms.
Augustine (not the famous African saint of that name), who landed in Kent and converted that kingdom.