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proʊˈtɪs təpro·tista

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Protista, division Protistanoun

    eukaryotic one-celled living organisms distinct from multicellular plants and animals: protozoa, slime molds, and eukaryotic algae


  1. protista

    A protist () is any eukaryotic organism (that is, an organism whose cells contain a cell nucleus) that is not an animal, plant, or fungus. While it is likely that protists share a common ancestor (the last eukaryotic common ancestor), the exclusion of other eukaryotes means that protists do not form a natural group, or clade. Therefore, some protists may be more closely related to animals, plants, or fungi than they are to other protists. However, like the groups algae, invertebrates, and protozoans, the biological category protist is used for convenience. Others classify any unicellular eukaryotic microorganism as a protist. The study of protists is termed protistology.


  1. protista

    Protista is a diverse kingdom of simple, predominantly single-celled organisms that belong to a group of eukaryotes, which includes protozoa, most algae, and often some fungi. Protists are distinguished from other organisms by their cellular differentiation and they may have characteristics of plants, animals, or fungi. They can be heterotrophic or autotrophic and are found in various environments including water, soil, and as parasites in other organisms. Unlike other eukaryotes, they are not classified as plants, animals, or fungi.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Protista

    a provisional group in which are placed a number of low microscopic organisms of doubtful nature. Some are probably plants, others animals

  2. Protista

    of Protiston

  3. Etymology: [NL., fr. Gr. prw`tistos first.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Protista

    prō-tis′ta, n.pl. a proposed term for a zoological kingdom including Protozoa and Protophyta. [Gr. prōtistos, superl. of prōtos, first.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of protista in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of protista in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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