from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Greek Mythology A sea god who could change his shape at will.
- n. The satellite of Neptune that is sixth in distance from the planet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Enterobacteriaceae — several bacteria responsible for human urinary tract infections.
- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Proteidae — the olm.
- proper n. A sea god who could change his shape at will.
- proper n. The sixth satellite of the planet Neptune
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sea god in the service of Neptune who assumed different shapes at will. Hence, one who easily changes his appearance or principles.
- n. A genus of aquatic eel-shaped amphibians found in caves in Austria. They have permanent external gills as well as lungs. The eyes are small and the legs are weak.
- n. A changeable protozoan; an amœba.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In classical mythology, a sea-god, the son of Oceanus and Tethys, who had the power of assuming different shapes.
- n. [NL.] A genus of tailed amphibians, typical of the family Proteidæ, established by Laurenti in 1768.
- n. [NL.] In Protozoa, a genus of animalcules, based as such by O. F. Müller in 1786 upon the proteus or protean animalcule of earlier writers, as Rösel, 1755.
- n. [lowercase] An animalcule of the genus Proteus (or Amœba); an amœba.
- n. In bacteriology, an untenable generic name applied by some authors to certain bacteria, especially Bacillus vulgaris and other closely related putrefactive species.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Greek mythology) a prophetic god who served Poseidon; was capable of changing his shape at will
- n. type genus of the Proteidae
Latin Prōteus, from Greek.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Πρωτεύς. (Wiktionary)