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slime mould

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(Botany) any of various simple spore-producing organisms typically found as slimy masses on rotting vegetation, where they engulf food particles by amoeboid movements. Formerly regarded as fungi, they are now classified as protoctists of the phyla Myxomycota (true, or cellular slime moulds) or Acrasiomycota (plasmodial slime moulds)
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Noun1.slime mould - a naked mass of protoplasm having characteristics of both plants and animalsslime mould - a naked mass of protoplasm having characteristics of both plants and animals; sometimes classified as protoctists
acellular slime mold, myxomycete, plasmodial slime mold, true slime mold - a slime mold of the class Myxomycetes
cellular slime mold - differing from true slime molds in being cellular and nucleate throughout the life cycle
fungus - an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia
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