creature (n.)

late 13c., "anything created," also "living being," from Old French creature (Modern French créature), from Late Latin creatura "thing created," from creatus, past participle of Latin creare "to make, bring forth, produce, beget," from PIE root *ker- (2) "to grow." Meaning "anything that ministers to man's comforts" (1610s), after I Timothy iv.4, led to jocular use for "whiskey" (1630s).

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