Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A temporary projection of the cytoplasm of certain cells, such as phagocytes, or of certain unicellular organisms, especially amoebas, that serves in locomotion and phagocytosis.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A member of the Pseudopoda, as an amœba; any protozoan which is provided with pseudopodia, or has the power of protruding diversiform parts of its sarcode in the form of pseudopodia. serving as temporary organs of locomotion; a rhizopod; a myxopod.
  • noun A pseudopodium.
  • noun In entomology, any one of the structures which function as feet in many insect larvæ, as spines, thickenings, or other modifications of the integument.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Biol.) Any protoplasmic filament or irregular process projecting from any unicellular organism, or from any animal or plant call.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A rhizopod.

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

  • noun temporary outgrowth used by some microorganisms as an organ of feeding or locomotion

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From pseudo- + -pod.

Examples

  • As Unitarian Universalists, we can't be all "pseudopod" either because we also need our "nucleus" or congregational core for long-term stability and survival.

    Philocrites: Limits of Unitarian Universalist congregationalism.

  • Hungry China has extended a pseudopod around Myanmar's oil and gas fields, timber and mines, and it is rapidly metabolizing the country's considerable natural resources.

    The New Dance With Myanmar

  • For a while there is a highway of mindlessly excited ants tromping back and forth between colony and food—a pseudopod reaching out for the food, if you will.

    World Wide Mind

  • For a while there is a highway of mindlessly excited ants tromping back and forth between colony and food—a pseudopod reaching out for the food, if you will.

    World Wide Mind

  • The pheromone trail fades out, and the pseudopod dissolves.

    World Wide Mind

  • The pheromone trail fades out, and the pseudopod dissolves.

    World Wide Mind

  • As the big organism pushed out a pseudopod a blobby sort of arm toward the swarm of polyhedral bits, the particles began to swirl in a lazy cloud around the big guy.

    Delta Anomaly

  • As the big organism pushed out a pseudopod a blobby sort of arm toward the swarm of polyhedral bits, the particles began to swirl in a lazy cloud around the big guy.

    Delta Anomaly

  • Four stubby wings protruded from the sides, one reaching toward Aya like the pseudopod of some metal bacteria.

    Scott Westerfeld: Uglies Quartet

  • As the big organism pushed out a pseudopod a blobby sort of arm toward the swarm of polyhedral bits, the particles began to swirl in a lazy cloud around the big guy.

    Delta Anomaly

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