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Meaning of ANIMALCULE

Pronunciation:  `anu'malkyool

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  microscopic organism such as an amoeba or paramecium
 

ANIMALCULE is a 10 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: animalculum
 
 See Also: being, organism

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\An`i*mal"cule\, n. [As if fr. a L. animalculum, dim.
of animal.]
1. A small animal, as a fly, spider, etc. [Obs.] --Ray.

2. (Zo["o]l.) An animal, invisible, or nearly so, to the
   naked eye. See {Infusoria}.

Note: Many of the so-called animalcules have been shown to be
      plants, having locomotive powers something like those
      of animals. Among these are {Volvox}, the
      {Desmidiac[ae]}, and the siliceous {Diatomace[ae]}.

{Spermatic animalcules}. See {Spermatozoa}.

 

 

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