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Animal Farm a fable (1945) by George Orwell which consists of a satire on Russian Communism as it developed under Stalin. The animals of the farm, led by the pigs, revolt against the cruel farmer, and achieve an apparent life of freedom, but as power corrupts their rulers, they are led to a world in which the slogan is ‘All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.’

animal, vegetable, and mineral the three traditional divisions into which natural objects have been classified; the classification (earlier in Latin) is first recorded in English in the early 18th century. From the mid 19th century, animal, vegetable, (or) mineral became the name of a parlour game in which players had to guess the identity of an object, having been told to which of the three groups it belongs; they are traditionally allowed up to twenty questions, to be answered by ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

See also political animal.

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