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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.]

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

an•i•mal•cule

(ˌæn əˈmæl kyul)

n.
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
Translations

animalcule

[ˌænɪˈmælkjuːl] N (frm) → animálculo m

animalcule

References in classic literature ?
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.
The microscope cannot find the animalcule which is less perfect for being little.
Nouvelles experiences sur les animalcules spermatiques et sur quelques-unes des causes de la sterilite chez la femme, suivies de recherches sur les pertes seminales involontaires et sur la presence du sperme dans l'urine.
Fry of this species exclusively feed on the animalcules and water fleas; while fingerlings consume in the order of preference the vegetable debris, unicellular algae, detritus and mud [38].
Which shouldn't be an issue--Taaffe is an encyclopedic artist, his interests in the recent show ranging from diatoms and rotifers to algae and animalcules, to Balkan ritual breads--but there is a tension between the study that goes into his images and their decipherability.
EVER SINCE the Dutch draper Antonie van Leeuwenhoek first scrutinized his own plaque with a homemade microscope more than three centuries ago and discovered "little living animalcules, very prettily a-moving," scientists have known that we're covered in microbes.
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.
1963), Les sciences de la vie dans la pensee frangaise au XVIIIe siecle, Paris, Albin Michel, 1987, en particular el capitulo II <<les nouvelles decouvertes sur la generation des animaux>>, seccion II <<les animalcules spermatiques>>, pp.