animalcule definition

  • noun:
    • A microscopic or small organism, including an amoeba or paramecium, frequently regarded as being an animal.
    • Archaic a little animal, like a mosquito.
    • A minute or microscopic pet or protozoan.
    • A tiny animal, as a mouse or insect (fly, mosquito, midge).
    • a tiny animal, as a fly, spider, etc.
    • An animal, hidden, or nearly so, to your naked-eye. See Infusoria.
    • Any little pet, as a mouse, pest, etc.
    • a moment or microscopic pet, almost or quite hidden towards the naked eye, as an infusorian or rotifer; an animalculum: because, the bell-animalcule, a ciliate infusorian of this family Vorticellid√¶; wheel-animalcule, a rotifer; bear-animalcule, a minute arachnidan of the order Arctisca. See slices under Arctisca, Rotifera, and Vorticella.
    • microscopic organism eg an amoeba or paramecium

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