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animalcule


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Animalcule  \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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  animalcule 
  n  :  microscopic  organism  such  as  an  amoeba  or  paramecium  [syn:  {animalculum}] 




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