capitalized : a genus of purple sulfur bacteria (family Thiorhodaceae) having spherical or elongated cells that are aggregated in amoeboid colonies without an enclosing capsule and that occur in mud and stagnant water
plural -s : any organism of the genus Amoebobacter

Word History


New Latin, from Amoeba + -o- + -bacter

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of amoebobacter was in 1898

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“Amoebobacter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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