or less commonly animalculum\ˌa-nə-ˈmal-kyə-ləm \
plural animalcules also animalcula\ˌa-nə-ˈmal-kyə-lə \
Definition of animalcule
: a minute usually microscopic organism
Examples of animalcule in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebThe 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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