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To find the kashrus status of an organism, we first need to correctly classify it as tzomeach, animal, bird, or fish, as each group has its own distinct requirements. E.g., animals need to chew cud and have cloven hooves, while fish need (fins and) scales.

What is the halachic definition of a tzomeach (צוֹמֵחַ)?

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    Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/30180/2 – Isaac Moses Dec 11 '14 at 21:59
  • Are you going to ask about דומם too? – Double AA Dec 11 '14 at 21:59
  • Are you going to ask about בהמה\חיה also, or shall I? – Shokhet Dec 11 '14 at 22:00
  • @Shokhet I am not going to. I assume it would be anything not in the other three categories. Furthermore, I don't see any questionable animals, only questionable plants (e.g. slime mold), birds (e.g. dinosaurs), and fish (e.g. penguins). Each of those would be animals if not that other thing. – Adám Dec 11 '14 at 22:03
  • @Shokhet Besides, I don't have a single Hebrew term to ask about. ;-) – Adám Dec 11 '14 at 22:17

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