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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slime mold, slime mouldnoun

    a naked mass of protoplasm having characteristics of both plants and animals; sometimes classified as protoctists

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  1. slime mouldnoun

    Any of several remarkable amoebalike organisms of the phylum Acrasiomycota, mostly terrestrial, having a fruiting phase resembling that of the acellular slime molds, but being cellular and nucleate throughout their life cycle; called also cellular slime mold. The most studied species is Dictyostelium discoideum. In their feeding phase, they live like amoebae as individual cells, engulfing bacteria as a prime food source. When the food source diminishes, they begin to aggregate, swarming together to form clumps which may move toward heat and light, so as to reach the surface of the ground; they then differentiate into a form with spores contained within a sporangium resting on a stalk. When the spores are carried to another location with adequate food supplies, the spores may germinate to resume the life cycle. The phase of aggregation appears to be initiated by release of cyclic AMP, serving as a signal between the individual cells. The formation of the fruiting body has some similarities to differentiation in multicellular organisms, but the mechanisms are still under study. Some biologists object to the classification of Dictyostelium as a slime mold, as it is neither a mold nor slimy.

  2. slime mouldnoun

    An unusual fungus-like protist of the phylum Myxomycota or the class Myxomycetes, having a stage of growth in which it comprises a naked noncellular multinucleate mass of creeping protoplasm having characteristics of both plants and animals; it also has a propagative phase in which it develops fruiting bodies bearing spores; it is sometimes classified as a protist. It is called also acellular slime mold.

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  1. slime mould

    Slime mould is a broad term referring to a variety of organisms that exhibit behaviours and characteristics of both fungi and amoebas. These organisms, most of which belong to the group Protista, are capable of living independently as single cells, but can combine to form multicellular structures in response to changes in their environment. They are known to move and hunt for food, exhibiting complex behaviours often associated with higher forms of life. Despite the name, they are not actually mould or fungus, but they can form spore-bearing fruiting bodies similar to fungi.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slime mould in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slime mould in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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