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Friday, November 22, 2013

protoplast

\PROH-tuh-plast\ , noun;
1.
Biology. a. the contents of a cell within the cell membrane, considered as a fundamental entity. b. the primordial living unit or cell.
2.
a person or thing that is formed first; original; prototype.
3.
the hypothetical first individual or one of the supposed first pair of a species or the like.
Quotes:
But whatever I am here, I am the protoplast—and that is a word you should mark well, little brother—the thing first formed by our parents as a copy to be followed afterwards.
-- Philip Baruth, The Brothers Boswell, 2013
You look like a direct descendant of our good old legendary protoplast Piast. But, just to make the picture complete, tell us something about your family
-- Stefan Korboński, Between the Hammer and the Anvil, 1981
Origin:
Protoplast comes from the Late Latin word prōtoplastus which meant "the first man."
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