amoebobacter

noun

amoe·​bo·​bac·​ter
əˈmēbōˌbaktə(r)
1
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
2
plural -s : any organism of the genus Amoebobacter

Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amoebobacter. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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