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- n. A gelatinous substance found in mud dredged from the Atlantic and once supposed to be a free living protoplasm, later found to be the result of precipitation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A name given by Prof. Huxley to a gelatinous substance found in mud dredged from the Atlantic and preserved in alcohol. He supposed that it was free living protoplasm, covering a large part of the ocean bed. It is now known that the substance is of chemical, not of organic, origin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given by Huxley to masses of so-called animal matter said to have been found covering the sea-bottom at great depths (over 2,000 fathoms), and in such abundance as to form in some places deposits upward of 30 feet in thickness.
Latin, from Ancient Greek. Coined by Thomas Henry Huxley. (Wiktionary)