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Amoeba  n.  (pl. L. amoebae; E. amoebas)  (Zool.) A rhizopod common in fresh water, capable of undergoing many changes of form at will. Same as ameba. See Rhizopoda.

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"Amoeba" Quotes from Famous Books

... will form before any others, and which in the simplest animal is the only one constantly found; this is the alimentary canal, the principal organ of digestion common to all except colpodes, vibrios, proteus (amoeba), ...
— Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution - His Life and Work • Alpheus Spring Packard

... from the microscope. These shortbread things are fussing about hither and thither across the field, and now and then an amoeba comes crawling into view. These are invertebrate jelly-like things of no particular shape, and they keep on thrusting out a part here, and withdrawing a part there, and changing and advancing just as though they were ...
— Certain Personal Matters • H. G. Wells

... complexity of a machine, say of a watch, any conceivable number of times would not make it any the less a machine, or change it from the automatic order to the vital order. A motor-car is a vastly more complex mechanism than a wheelbarrow, and yet it is not the less a machine. On the other hand, an amoeba is a far simpler animal than a man, and yet it is just as truly living. To refer life to complexity does not help us; we want to know what lies back of the complexity—what makes it a ...
— The Breath of Life • John Burroughs

Words linked to "Amoeba" :   Amoebida, rhizopod, amoebic, Amoebina, order Amoebida, order Amoebina, genus Amoeba, ameba, endameba, amoeban

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