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n. Greek Mythology
A sea god who could change his shape at will.
[Latin Prōteus, from Greek.]
n. pl. pro·te·i (-tē-ī′)
Any of various gram-negative, rod-shaped bacteria of the genus Proteus, certain species of which are associated with human enteritis and urinary tract infections.
[New Latin Prōteus, genus name, from Latin, Proteus (the variability in the size of individual cells displayed by members of the genus being likened to the god's shape-shifting powers); see Proteus.]
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(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a prophetic sea god capable of changing his shape at will
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Pro•te•us(ˈproʊ ti əs, -tyus)
1. an ancient Greek sea god, noted for his ability to assume different forms and for his prophetic powers.
2. a person or thing that readily changes appearance, character, principles, etc.
3. (l.c.) any of several rod-shaped, aerobic bacteria of the genus Proteus, sometimes found as pathogens in the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts of humans.
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|Noun||1.||Proteus - (Greek mythology) a prophetic god who served Poseidon; was capable of changing his shape at will|
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
|2.||Proteus - type genus of the Proteidae|
amphibian genus - any genus of amphibians
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