animalcule

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From Late Latin animalculum.

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animalcule (plural animalcules)

  1. (obsolete) A small animal. [16th-19th c.]
  2. A microscopic aquatic animal or protozoan. [from 17th c.]
    • 2011, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Pulphead:
      If we are part of nature, then we are synonymous with it at the metaphysical level, every bit as much as the first all-but-inorganic animalcules that ever formed a chain of themselves in the blow hole of a primordial sea vent.
  3. (now historical) A spermatozoon. [from 17th c.]
    • 2001, David M Friedman, A Mind of its Own, Robert Hale 2009, p. 60:
      Inside the animalcules in the thickest part of the semen he saw ‘all manner of great and small vessels […].’

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NounEdit

animalcule m (plural animalcules)

  1. animalcule