amoeba /əˈmiːbə / ‹US› ameba


I. noun

a single-celled animal which catches food and moves about by extending finger-like projections of protoplasm. Amoebas are either free-living in damp environments or parasitic.

●Many families and genera in the phylum Rhizopoda, kingdom Protista, including the aquatic Amoeba proteus.
II. derivatives

1. amoebic /əˈmiːbɪk /

2. amoeboid /əˈmiːbɔɪd /

– origin mid 19th cent.: modern Latin, from Greek amoibē ‘change, alternation’.

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