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Amoeba   /əmˈibə/   Listen

(pl. L. amoebae; E. amoebas)
Naked freshwater or marine or parasitic protozoa that form temporary pseudopods for feeding and locomotion.  Synonym: ameba.

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"Amoeba" Quotes from Famous Books

... across the universe, the one-celled amoeba, these crystals too were sensitive to light, to heat, to cold—to food. Ill-defined, but distinct already from the non-sentient crystals about them, these life forms grew through absorbing from the rich and soupy atmosphere those elements necessary to ...
— Eight Keys to Eden • Mark Irvin Clifton

... their larvae over a wider area. R-F—don't you see? Cells react to certain portions of the radio spectrum. Some are destroyed, depending upon intensity. Some behave strangely—the 'marching protozoa,' the 'dancing amoeba.' In others, chromosomal aberrations occur, resulting in mutations. Remember the experiments with yeasts, garlic, grains? The growth of some microorganisms is ...
— Attrition • Jim Wannamaker

... houses of more normal shape and size; but between them, the primeval village huddles itself together around the old town pump. No seaside villas are there, but the tiny low cottages of the old fishing hamlet, which seem to have grown like an amoeba, by the simple process of putting out arms in any direction that chance may dictate. Between them, the rutted, grass-grown roads are so narrow that traffic is seriously congested by the meeting of a box cart and a certain stout old dachshund ...
— Phebe, Her Profession - A Sequel to Teddy: Her Book • Anna Chapin Ray

... protoplasmic contents escape through a small aperture in its wall and begin moving about of their own accord in a slow writhing manner. The movement is so much like that of the microscopic animal organism found in ponds, and called Amoeba, that this tiny mass of moving protoplasm is called Myxamoeba, to denote that it is an amoeba-like form produced by one of the Myxomycetes. Each myxamoeba is drawn out at one spot into a fine delicate tail or cilium, as at ...
— The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition • Sutton and Sons

... circular line. That bulge, which was the cordon itself moving back, moved outward and became a half-circle some miles across. It continued to move outward, and on the map it appeared like a pseudopod extruded by an enormous amoeba. It was the area of effectiveness of a weapon previously unknown on earth—the area where humans ...
— Operation Terror • William Fitzgerald Jenkins

... the protozoa and the simpler algae, fungi, etc., reproduce themselves by means of simple fission. The mother organism may split into two similar halves, as the amoeba does, or, as is more common in the lowest unicellular plants, it may divide into a great number of small spores. In these processes it often happens that the whole body of the mother, the entire cell, may resolve itself into ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 810, July 11, 1891 • Various

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

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