from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A genus of noble epiphytal orchids, from Central America, much prized as hothouse plants.
- noun A genus of suctorial infusorial protozoans.
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But knowing the antipathy that the _amoeba_, like almost every other infusorian, has to the tentacles of the _acineta_, I concluded that the
There was a young _acineta_, tender and without poisonous tentacles (for they are not developed at birth), just ready to make its exit from its parent, an exit which takes place so quickly, and is followed by such rapid bounding movements of the non-ciliated _acineta_, that who would venture to say, _a priori_, that a dull, heavy, sluggish _amoeba_ could catch such an agile little thing?
But the _amoebæ_ are as unerring and unrelaxing in their grasp as they are unrelenting in their cruel inceptions of the living and the dead, when they serve them for nutrition; and thus the _amoeba_, placing itself around the ovarian aperture of the _acineta_, received the young one, nurse-like, in its fatal lap, incepted it, descended from the parent, and crept off.
We know to-day of a great number of these little beings, such as the gregarinae, flagellata, acineta, infusoria, etc.
_amoeba_ was not encouraging an appetite for its whiskered companion, when I was surprised to find that it crept up the stem of the _acineta_, and wound itself round its body.
"But by far the greatest feat of this kind that ever presented itself to me was the catching of a young _acineta_ by an old sluggish _amoeba_, as the former left its parent; this took place as follows:
"In the evening of the 2d of June, 1858, in Bombay, while looking through a microscope at some _Euglenæ_, etc., which had been placed aside for examination in a watch-glass, my eye fell upon a stalked and triangular _acineta_ (_A. mystacina?