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an·i·mal·cule

 (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.]
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animalcule

(ˌænɪˈmælkjuːl) or

animalculum

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
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an•i•mal•cule

(ˌæn əˈmæl kyul)

n.
a minute or microscopic animal.
[1590–1600; < New Latin animalculum. See animal, -cule1]
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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
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Translations

animalcule

[ˌænɪˈmælkjuːl] N (frm) → animálculo m
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animalcule

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References in classic literature ?
The red earth, like that of the Pampas, in which these remains were embedded, contains, according to Professor Ehrenberg, eight fresh-water and one salt-water infusorial animalcule; therefore, probably, it was an estuary deposit.
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.
Hartsoeker did not actually see the miniature, but he affirmed that it was hidden under the "skin" of the animalcule: "We just affirmed that the animalcule joins the egg by the most tender part of its body.
We became most tired of their bothering & had felt for sometime rather creepy, for all Indians own a large stock of animalcule. The Chief came in and began begging for all sorts of things & at last said he would not give us the horse without we gave him one of our double barrelled guns & an opera glass which B had.
As a result, residual chemical antibiotic has been frequently found in the ground and drinking waters, which inevitably lead to some unfriendly environmental influences such as the effects of the toxicity to animalcule and the threats to human health [4, 5].
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.
The generic name he gave to these organisms was "animalcule." Research into microorganisms brought about the invention and evolution of microscopes.
Rotifers are pseudocoelomate micro-organism with intricate structure and well organized bodies, commonly called as wheel animalcule. Rotifers are found in aquatic and semi aquatic habitats, but are predominantly fresh water inhabitants.
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.(18) Aristotle is trying to contend with these on his way to establishing his own claims about the nature of the generative fluids.