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life form

or life-form

the form that is characteristic of a particular organism at maturity. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • That it had established itself in a life-form that casually ingested deadly poisons was no excuse.

    Insidekick Jesse Franklin Bone
  • Almost any other life-form could compete with them, any higher life-form.

    Mr. Spaceship Philip K. Dick
  • The life-form was indeed a virus, unimaginably ancient, and intelligent throughout millions of years of its history.

    Star Surgeon Alan Nourse
  • "Naturally the ultimate incarnation for a life-form would be humanoid," Harkaway said with deep reproach.

    Once a Greech Evelyn E. Smith
  • If the life-form is returned to him before he awakes, he will be unaware that anything unusual has happened.

    Fetichism in West Africa Robert Hamill Nassau
  • When you attack them, they merely say 'The life-form of Earth is sending out controlled machines.

    The Last Evolution John Wood Campbell
  • In this respect, the reproduction of human beings is the same as that of any other life-form.

  • Minutes later a life-form investigator came with a small cage, which held a guinea pig.

    The Last Evolution John Wood Campbell
  • A Decree, stating that any life-form that surrendered itself to the dictates of a machine was doomed.

    The Honored Prophet William E. Bentley
British Dictionary definitions for life-form

life form

(biology) the characteristic overall form and structure of a mature organism on the basis of which it can be classified
any living creature
(in science fiction) an alien
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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