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creaturenoun [C]

uk   /ˈkriː.tʃər/  us   /ˈkriː.tʃɚ/
B1 any large or small living thing that can move independently: Rainforests are filled with amazing creatures. Don't all living creatures have certain rights? Blue whales are the largest creatures ever to have lived.
used to refer to a life form that is unusual or imaginary: The unicorn is a mythical creature. The film was about creatures from outer space. The duck-billed platypus is a truly bizarre creature.
used to refer to a person when an opinion is being expressed about them: John is a strange/weak/pathetic creature. A lovely blonde creature (= a beautiful blonde woman) walked into the room.

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creaturenoun [C]

 us   /ˈkri·tʃər/
any living thing, esp. an animal
A creature can be a person when an opinion is being expressed about them: It seems clear to me that people are creatures of emotion.
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