Definitions

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

  • n. An organism, such as a fish or reptile, having a body temperature that varies with the temperature of its surroundings; an ectotherm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. cold-blooded
  • n. A cold-blooded animal

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

  • n. an animal whose body temperature varies with the temperature of its surroundings; any animal except birds and mammals

Etymologies

Greek poikilos, spotted, various; see peig- in Indo-European roots + -therm.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From poikilo- + -therm. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Joe G: poikilotherm is the one who alleges ID is science albeit "fringe" science (whatever that means).

    The Memory Hole

  • December 30th, 2005 at 6: 22 pm tika, poikilotherm is the one who alleges ID is science albeit "fringe" science (whatever that means).

    The Memory Hole

  • I've always been pretty baffled by LeBlond and Bousfield's conclusions, wouldn't a reptilian poikilotherm in 40-50 degree water be pretty much unfunctional?

    Cadborosaurus

  • December 30th, 2005 at 1: 16 pm poikilotherm sez: say archaeologists did find unequivocal, unambiguous evidence that confirmed for every single scientist, famous and important religious miracle story X.

    Demarcation, Credentials, and Science Education

  • December 30th, 2005 at 3: 00 pm poikilotherm originally stated: say archaeologists did find unequivocal, unambiguous evidence that confirmed for every single scientist, famous and important religious miracle story X. then switches to:

    Demarcation, Credentials, and Science Education

  • December 30th, 2005 at 3: 59 pm poikilotherm back peddles with:

    Demarcation, Credentials, and Science Education

  • December 30th, 2005 at 12: 27 pm poikilotherm writes:

    Demarcation, Credentials, and Science Education

  • Are you suggesting you be spoon fed? poikilotherm:

    The Memory Hole

  • As rational people understand foundations are key to success. poikilotherm:

    The Memory Hole

  • IOW we want to be allowed to follow the evidence to whatever inference is warranted by the data poikilotherm:

    The Memory Hole

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