See also: Protean
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɹəʊ.tɪ.ən/, /pɹəʊˈtiː.ən/
- (US) enPR: prō'ti-ən, prō-tē'ən, IPA(key): /ˈpɹoʊ.tɪ.ən/, /pɹoʊˈtiː.ən/
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- Exceedingly variable; readily assuming different shapes or forms.
- Synonyms: multiform, polymorphic, polymorphous, shapeshifting; see also Thesaurus:multiform
- An amoeba is a protean animalcule.
- 1980, Gershon Legman, The New Limerick:
- […] the word's protean expressiveness has been observed in a xeroxlore item printed in Robert Anton Wilson's Playboy's Book of Forbidden Words […]
- 1987, William A. Henry III, Time Magazine Volume 129
- He loved to show off his protean talent.
- 2020 October 27, Daphne Merkin, “Shifting the Focus From Sylvia Plath’s Tragic Death to Her Brilliant Life”, in The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
- In the intervening decades she has become a protean figure, an emblem of different things to different people, depending upon their viewpoint — a visionary, a victim, a martyr, a feminist icon, a schizophrenic, a virago, a prisoner of gender — or, perhaps, a genius, as both Plath and Hughes maintained during her lifetime.
- Alternative letter-case form of (of or relating to Proteus).
of or pertaining to Proteus; characteristic of Proteus