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animalcule

[an-uh-mal-kyool] /ˌæn əˈmæl kyul/
noun
1.
a minute or microscopic animal, nearly or quite invisible to the naked eye, as an infusorian or rotifer.
2.
Archaic. a tiny animal, as a mouse or fly.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Neo-Latin animalculum a small animal. See animal, -cule1
Related forms
animalcular
[an-uh-mal-kyuh-ler] /ˌæn əˈmæl kyə lər/ (Show IPA),
animalculine
[an-uh-mal-kyuh-lin] /ˌæn əˈmæl kyə lɪn/ (Show IPA),
animalculous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for animalculine

animalcule

/ˌænɪˈmælkjuːl/
noun (pl) -cules, -cula (-kjʊlə)
1.
a microscopic animal such as an amoeba or rotifer
Derived Forms
animalcular, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from New Latin animalculum a small animal
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Word Origin and History for animalculine

animalcule

n.

"very small animal," especially a microscopic one, 1590s, from Late Latin animalculum, diminutive of Latin animal (see animal (n.)). Related: Animalcular.

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