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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of numerous gram-negative, rod-shaped saprophytic bacteria of the phylum Myxobacteria, typically found embedded in slime in which they form complex colonies and noted for their ability to move by gliding along surfaces without any known organ of locomotion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of many gram-negative, rod-shaped bacteria, of the phylum Myxobacteria, that form colonies of slime

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A type of bacteria that form colonies in self-produced slime; they inhabit moist soils or decaying plant matter or animal waste.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. bacteria that form colonies in self-produced slime; inhabit moist soils or decaying plant matter or animal waste

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