What does animalcule mean?

animalcule meaning in General Dictionary

A small pet as a fly spider etc

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  • microscopic system such an amoeba or paramecium
  • A small animal, as a fly, spider, etc.
  • an animal, invisible, or nearly therefore, to the naked-eye.u000du000a See Infusoria.

animalcule meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"very tiny animal," particularly a microscopic one, 1590s, from belated Latin animalculum, diminutive of Latin pet (see animal (n.)). Associated: Animalcular.


animalcule meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A little animal, as a fly, spider, etc.