animalcule

noun
an·​i·​mal·​cule | \ ˌa-nə-ˈmal-(ˌ)kyü(ə)l How to pronounce animalcule (audio) \
variants: or less commonly animalculum \ ˌa-​nə-​ˈmal-​kyə-​ləm How to pronounce animalcule (audio) \
plural animalcules also animalcula\ ˌa-​nə-​ˈmal-​kyə-​lə How to pronounce animalcule (audio) \

Definition of animalcule

: a minute usually microscopic organism

Examples of animalcule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The last time this tiny wheel animalcule was moving around, wooly mammoths roamed the earth. Karen Hopkin, Scientific American, 17 Aug. 2021 Van Leeuwenhoek estimated, correctly, that there were more animalcules swimming and creeping around in his mouth than there were people living in the Netherlands. Jonathan Weiner, New York Times, 15 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of animalcule

1662, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for animalcule

New Latin animalculum, diminutive of Latin animal

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The first known use of animalcule was in 1662

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“Animalcule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/animalcule. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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animalcule

noun
an·​i·​mal·​cule | \ ˌan-ə-ˈmal-(ˌ)kyü(ə)l How to pronounce animalcule (audio) \
variants: also animalculum \ -​ˈmal-​kyə-​ləm How to pronounce animalcule (audio) \
plural animalcules also animalcula\ -​kyə-​lə How to pronounce animalcule (audio) \

Medical Definition of animalcule

: a minute usually microscopic organism

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