American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various one-celled aquatic or parasitic protozoans of the genus Amoeba or related genera, having no definite form and consisting of a mass of protoplasm containing one or more nuclei surrounded by a flexible outer membrane. It moves by means of pseudopods.
- n. biology A genus of unicellular protozoa that moves by means of temporary projections called pseudopodia.
- n. mathematics The graph of the real part of the logarithms of a polynomial equation in complex numbers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A rhizopod common in fresh water, capable of undergoing many changes of form at will. Same as ameba. See rhizopoda.
- n. naked freshwater or marine or parasitic protozoa that form temporary pseudopods for feeding and locomotion
- From Ancient Greek ἀμοιβή (amoibē, "change"), referring to constantly changing shape of these organisms. (Wiktionary)
- New Latin, genus name, from Greek amoibē, change, from ameibein, to change. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“ The term amoeba is sometimes used to refer to something with an indefinite, changeable shape.”
“The small jelly-speck, which we call the amoeba, has no organs save what it can extemporize as occasion arises.”
“The small jelly-speck, which we call the amoeba, has no organs save what it can extemporise as occasion arises.”
“If we're having trouble telling if an amoeba is intelligent it will scarcely affect our case.”
“What you said was "If we're having trouble telling if an amoeba is intelligent it will scarcely affect our case.”
“#63 Dyan; no even an amoeba is more intelligent than Bush.”
“You are using the terms amoeba and bacteria as though they are synonymous; they are not.”
“Being stricken by an amoeba is not a pleasant experience for anyone.”
“This seems a great deal, but in reality it is very little, for it does not differentiate an amoeba from a man.”
“Page 176: The word amoeba had an oe ligature in the original book.”
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