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 (ăn′ə-măl′kyo͞ol) also an·i·mal·cu·lum (-kyə-ləm)
n. pl. an·i·mal·cules also an·i·mal·cu·la (-kyə-lə)
1. A microscopic or minute organism, such as an amoeba or paramecium, usually considered to be an animal.
2. Archaic A tiny animal, such as a mosquito.

[New Latin animalculum, diminutive of Latin animal, animal; see animal.]


(ˌænɪˈmælkjuːl) or


n, pl -cules or -cula (-kjʊlə)
(Animals) a microscopic animal such as an amoeba or rotifer
[C16: from New Latin animalculum a small animal]
ˌaniˈmalcular adj


(ˌæn əˈmæl kyul)

a minute or microscopic animal.
[1590–1600; < New Latin animalculum. See animal, -cule1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.animalcule - microscopic organism such as an amoeba or parameciumanimalcule - microscopic organism such as an amoeba or paramecium
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently


[ˌænɪˈmælkjuːl] N (frm) → animálculo m


References in classic literature ?
The microscope cannot find the animalcule which is less perfect for being little.
As the limestone of the continent consists of infinite masses of the shells of animalcules, so language is made up of images or tropes, which now, in their secondary use, have long ceased to remind us of their poetic origin.
We became most tired of their bothering & had felt for sometime rather creepy, for all Indians own a large stock of animalcule.
Caveolin-1 which is highly conserved in evolution has been found to express in many invertebrate such as nematode pole worm, hookworm, animalcule, sea urchins and vertebrate species.
We must make up our minds to strip him bare in order to scrape off that animalcule that itches him mortally, god, and with god his organs.
Rotifers are pseudocoelomate micro-organism with intricate structure and well organized bodies, commonly called as wheel animalcule.
Pascal's celebrated text of "La Disproportion de l'homme" evokes the astonishment of an observer who confronts, from an intermediate position, first the heavens stretching limitlessly above and then the endless complexity of the animalcule (87-89).
Given that each sperm cell (animalcule or, popularly, "homunculus") was a potential being, and that male semen contained numerous animalcules, the obvious explanation was that some animalcules would suffer injuries in the battle for access to the egg.
Two different theories had currency in his time: Hippocractic "pangenesis," the notion that sperma comes from all parts of the body and thereby provides the parts of the body for the offspring; and the "preformationist" or "homunculus" theory, that the sperma contains an animalcule or a little human already formed and waiting simply to grow.