From: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=creature

"creature (n.) Look up creature at Dictionary.com
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 "create" (see create). Meaning "anything that ministers to man's comforts" (1610s), after I Tim. iv:4, led to jocular use for "whiskey" (1630s)."

I'm seeking a better word than "creature". This word automatically implies that a creature is something that was created by a deity. I was contemplating trying to come up with a new word to replace creature that would automatically imply that a "creature" is a result of evolution and has nothing to do with a "creation" or a "creator". I just wanted to share the thought and see if anyone here who reads this has any ideas or already knows of a word that is like that.

Ryan Shields

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Comment by Ryan Shields on April 2, 2015 at 10:52pm

I like derivatives just fine. I've been consciously replacing it with creatures now. LOL people aren't going to know what I mean which just makes conversing more interesting. Not that I know anyone around me in my offline life that's intelligent enough to have an actual conversation.....

Comment by Patrick Brown on March 6, 2015 at 11:01pm

Ryan, I had assumed you wanted something "atypical".

Now that I think about it, there are some more typical words like progeny, issues, and descendants, If you wanted more standard usages.

Comment by Ryan Shields on March 6, 2015 at 10:14pm

Thank you to everyone who has replied.

To Patrick Brown: I think that's perfect! Very cool. Thank you!

To Michael Penn: It was just something that I started noticing that slightly bothered me in the way that I myself take it. Others using the word would never bother me. I was just wondering about a replacement for it and the suggestion of Patrick Brown: "Derivatives" instead of "creature" is just the sort of word I was looking for. 

To Freethinker31: That's a valid way of looking at it that puts it in a different light altogether and does away with the mumbo jumbo. Personally, I have no desire to reproduce until I have conquered death, space, time, alternate and higher dimensions and am able to convince an ASI to serve as my nanny : )

Comment by Michael Penn on March 6, 2015 at 7:16pm

I never knew this. I thought a "creature" was a being. The word should not imply created. Apparently it does.

Comment by Patrick Brown on March 6, 2015 at 7:12pm

You can go with "derivatives", since they were derived from their ancestors.  ;-)

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