Definition of animalcule
: a minute usually microscopic organism
Recent Examples of animalcule from the Web
Van Leeuwenhoek estimated, correctly, that there were more animalcules swimming and creeping around in his mouth than there were people living in the Netherlands.
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Origin and Etymology of animalcule
New Latin animalculum, diminutive of Latin animal
First Known Use: 1662See Words from the same year
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