Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In biology, of or pertaining to the locomotion of cells or of organisms in relation to contact with foreign solid bodies; exhibiting thigmotaxis.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Physiol.) Of or pertaining to thigmotaxis.
“There is that of possibility in being positively thigmotactic which makes one dread the necessity of exposing and limiting its meaning, of digging down to its mathematically accurate roots.”
“Not to know the precise meaning of being positively thigmotactic is a stimulant to the imagination, which opens the way to an entire essay on the disadvantages of education -- a thought once strongly aroused by the glorious red-and-gold hieroglyphic signs of the Peking merchants -- signs which have always thrilled me more than the utmost efforts of our modern psychological advertisers.”
“In the first place Guinevere had ceased being positively thigmotactic, and, writing as a technical herpetologist, I need add no more.”
“Having crossed unconsciously by such a slender etymological bridge from my jungle tadpole to China, it occurs to me that the Chinese are the most positively thigmotactic people in the world.”
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