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- n. The many minute aquatic creatures, such as protozoa and unicellular algae found in fresh water habitats
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. One of the classes of Protozoa, including a large number of species, all of minute size. Formerly, the term was applied to any microbe found in infusions of decaying organic material, but the term is now applied more specifically to one of the classes of the phylum Ciliophora, of ciliated protozoans.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A name given by Otho Fr. Müller to an indiscriminate assemblage of minute, and for the most part microscopic, animal and vegetable organisms frequently developed in infusions of decaying organic substances.
- A class of minute, mostly microscopic, animalcules, provisionally regarded as the highest class of Protozoa.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. in some recent classifications, coextensive with the Ciliata: minute organisms found in decomposing infusions of organic matter
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