animalcule

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Latin animal + the diminutive suffix -culum

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animalcule (plural animalcules)

  1. (dated) A minute or microscopic animal or protozoan.
  2. (archaic) A tiny animal, as a mouse or insect (fly, mosquito, midge).

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