What does animalcule mean?

Definitions for animalcule
ˌæn əˈmæl kyulan·i·mal·cule

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. animalcule, animalculumnoun

    microscopic organism such as an amoeba or paramecium


  1. animalculenoun

    An older term for a minute or microscopic animal or protozoan.

  2. animalculenoun

    A tiny animal, as a mouse or insect (fly, mosquito, midge).

  3. Etymology: Latin animal + the diminutive suffix -culum

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Animalculenoun

    A small animal; particularly those which are in their first and smallest state.

    Etymology: animalculum, Lat.

    We are to know, that they all come of the seed of animalcules of their own kind, that were before laid there. John Ray.


  1. animalcule

    An animalcule is an old term that refers to small microscopic animals or protozoans. The term is no longer used in modern scientific classification.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Animalculenoun

    a small animal, as a fly, spider, etc

  2. Animalculenoun

    an animal, invisible, or nearly so, to the naked eye. See Infusoria

  3. Etymology: [As if fr. a L. animalculum, dim. of animal.]


  1. Animalcule

    Animalcule is an older term for a microscopic animal or protozoan. Some better-known animalcules include: ⁕Actinophryies, and other heliozoa, called sun animalcules ⁕Amoeba, called Proteus animalcule ⁕Noctiluca scintillans, commonly called the 'Sea Sparkles' ⁕Paramecium, called slipper animalcules ⁕Rotifers, called wheel animalcules ⁕Stentor, called trumpet animalcules ⁕Vorticella, and other peritrichs, called bell animalcules The term was also used by Anton van Leeuwenhoek, the 17th-century preformationist and discoverer of microorganisms, to describe spermatozoa. The word appears in the Major-General's Song, in which Major-General Stanley sings, "I know the scientific names of beings animalculous..."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Animalcule

    an-im-al′kūl, n. a small animal, esp. one that cannot be seen by the naked eye:—pl. Animal′cules, Animal′cula.—adj. Animal′cular. [L. animalculum, dim. of Animal.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of animalcule in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of animalcule in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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