amoebobacter

noun
amoe·​bo·​bac·​ter | \ əˈmēbōˌbaktə(r) \

Definition of amoebobacter

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

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First Known Use of amoebobacter

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for amoebobacter

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

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“Amoebobacter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amoebobacter. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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