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 for animal magnetism
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Magnetism \Mag"net*ism\, n. [Cf. F. magn['e]tisme.]
     The property, quality, or state, of being magnetic; the
     manifestation of the force in nature which is seen in a
     magnet. At one time it was believed to be separate from the
     electrical force, but it is now known to be intimately
     associated with electricity, as part of the phenomenon of
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     2. The science which treats of magnetic phenomena.
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     3. Power of attraction; power to excite the feelings and to
        gain the affections. "By the magnetism of interest our
        affections are irresistibly attracted." --Glanvill.
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     Animal magnetism, Same as hypnotism, at one time believe
        to be due to a force more or less analogous to magnetism,
        which, it was alleged, is produced in animal tissues, and
        passes from one body to another with or without actual
        contact. The existence of such a force, and its
        potentiality for the cure of disease, were asserted by
        Mesmer in 1775. His theories and methods were afterwards
        called mesmerism, a name which has been popularly applied
        to theories and claims not put forward by Mesmer himself.
        See Mesmerism, Biology, Od, Hypnotism.
     Terrestrial magnetism, the magnetic force exerted by the
        earth, and recognized by its effect upon magnetized
        needles and bars.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Animal \An"i*mal\, a. [Cf. F. animal.]
     1. Of or relating to animals; as, animal functions.
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     2. Pertaining to the merely sentient part of a creature, as
        distinguished from the intellectual, rational, or
        spiritual part; as, the animal passions or appetites.
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     3. Consisting of the flesh of animals; as, animal food.
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     Animal magnetism. See Magnetism and Mesmerism.
     Animal electricity, the electricity developed in some
        animals, as the electric eel, torpedo, etc.
     Animal flower (Zool.), a name given to certain marine
        animals resembling a flower, as any species of actinia or
        sea anemone, and other Anthozoa, hydroids, starfishes,
     Animal heat (Physiol.), the heat generated in the body of a
        living animal, by means of which the animal is kept at
        nearly a uniform temperature.
     Animal spirits. See under Spirit.
     Animal kingdom, the whole class of beings endowed with
        animal life. It embraces several subkingdoms, and under
        these there are Classes, Orders, Families, Genera,
        Species, and sometimes intermediate groupings, all in
        regular subordination, but variously arranged by different
     Note: The following are the grand divisions, or subkingdoms,
           and the principal classes under them, generally
           recognized at the present time:
           Vertebrata, including Mammalia or Mammals, Aves or
           Birds, Reptilia, Amphibia, Pisces or Fishes,
           Marsipobranchiata (Craniota); and Leptocardia
           (Acrania). Tunicata, including the Thaliacea, and
           Ascidioidea or Ascidians. Articulata or Annulosa,
           including Insecta, Myriapoda, Malacapoda, Arachnida,
           Pycnogonida, Merostomata, Crustacea (Arthropoda); and
           Annelida, Gehyrea (Anarthropoda).
           Helminthes or Vermes, including Rotifera,
           Ch[ae]tognatha, Nematoidea, Acanthocephala, Nemertina,
           Turbellaria, Trematoda, Cestoidea, Mesozea.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  animal magnetism
      n 1: magnetic personal charm [syn: bewitchery, beguilement,
           animal magnetism]

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