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amoeboid

Definition:

like an amoeba (especially in having a variable irregular shape)

Class:

pertaining adjective (relational/pertainym)

Derived from:

ameba

Comparative:

more amoeboid

Superlative:

most amoeboid

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

ameboid [American/Canadian spelling]

Etymology:

amoeba + -oid
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Amoeboid | Amoeboids

single-celled life-forms characterized by an irregular shape. "Amoeboid" and "amœba" are often used interchangeably even by biologists, and especially refer to a creature moving by using pseudopodia. Most references to "amoebas" or "amoebae" are to ... (35 of 1751 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Amoeboid

Collins Dictionary:

amoeboid | ameboid [United States]

of, related to, or resembling amoebae (6 of 262 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/amoeboid

Oxford Dictionary:

amoeba | amoebas [plural] | amoebae [plural] | ameba [United States] | Amoeba proteus [species] | amoebic [derived] | amoeboid [derived]

a single-celled animal which catches food and moves about by extending finger-like projections of protoplasm. Amoebas are either free-living in damp ... (21 of 86 words, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/amoeba

Merriam-Webster:

amoeboid | ameboid

resembling an amoeba specifically in moving or changing in shape by means of protoplasmic flow (15 of 36 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/amoeboid

Wiktionary:

amoeboid | amoeboids [plural] | amœboid [sense-specific] | ameboid [sense-specific]

Alternative spelling of ameboid. | Single‐celled organism that moves or feeds by means of temporary projections, called pseudopods. They are taxonomically classified in a sub‐phylum called Sarcodina. (26 of 28 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/amoeboid

American Heritage Dictionary:

amoeboid

Of or resembling an amoeba, especially in changeability of form and means of locomotion. (14 of 17 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/amoeboid

Random House Dictionary:

ameboid [biology] | amoeboid

resembling or related to amebas. (5 of 12 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/ameboid

Britannica Encyclopedia:

amoeba [protozoan order] | ameba | amoebas [plural] | amoebae [plural]

any of the microscopic unicellular protozoans of the rhizopodan order Amoebida. The well-known type species, Amoeba proteus, is found on decaying ... (21 of 316 words, 3 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/21174​/amoeba

New World Dictionary:

amoeba | amoebas [plural] | amoebae [plural] | ameba | amebas [plural] | amebae [plural] | Amoeba [genus, sense-specific] | Entamoeba [genus, sense-specific] | amoebic [related]

a one-celled, microscopic organism belonging to any of several families of ... | something indefinite in shape or perpetually changing, like an amoeba (22 of 81 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/amoeba

Columbia Encyclopedia:

ameba | amoeba

common name for certain one-celled organisms belonging to the phylum Sarcodina of the kingdom Protista. Amebas were previously classified as members ... (21 of 307 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0803647​.html

Macmillan British Dictionary:

amoeba [countable, biology] | amoebas [plural] | amoebae [plural] | ameba [abbreviation, American spelling] | amoebic [adjective, related]

a microorganism (=very small living thing) found in wet places that consists of a single cell (16 of 47 words, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/amoeba

Cambridge Dictionary:

amoeba | amebae [plural] | amebas [plural] | ameba [United States] | amebic [adjective, United States, derived] | amoebic [adjective, derived]

a very small simple organism consisting of only one cell (10 of 28 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/amoeba

Encarta Dictionary:

amoeba | amoebas [plural] | amoebae [plural] | ameba: amebas [plural] | ameba: amebae [plural] | amebas [plural] | amebae [plural] | ameba

a single-celled organism found in water and in damp soil on land, and as a parasite of other organisms. Lacking a fixed form and supporting ... (25 of 92 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861585222​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Wiktionary:

amoeboid | amoeboids [plural]

Origin: amoeba + -oid

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/amoeboid

amoeba | amoebae [plural] | amoebas [plural]

Origin: Ancient Greek ἀμοιβή (amoibē, "change"), referring to constantly changing shape of these organisms.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/amoeba

-oid

Origin: Ancient Greek εἶδος (eidos, "form, likeness").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-oid

Audio references

the Free Dictionary:

amoeboid

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "amoeboid"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "amoeboid"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "amoeboid" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/amoeboid

ameboid

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "ameboid"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "ameboid"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/ameboid

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

amoeboid

Audio: North American pronunciation of "amoeboid"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=amoebo​02 word=amoeboid

YourDictionary Audio:

amoeboid

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "amoeboid" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/amoeboid

Collins Dictionary:

ameboid [United States] | amoeboid

Audio: British English pronunciation of "ameboid"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ameboid

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