protoplast

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French prothoplaste, and its source Late Latin protoplastus, from Hellenistic Ancient Greek πρωτόπλαστος (prōtóplastos, first-formed), from Ancient Greek πρωτο- (prōto-) + πλαστός (plastós, formed, moulded).

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protoplast (comparative more protoplast, superlative most protoplast)

  1. (obsolete) Created first; archetypal. [16th-17th c.]

Noun[edit]

protoplast (plural protoplasts)

  1. The first-created human; Adam. [from 16th c.]
  2. (rare) A prototype or archetype; a model. [from 17th c.]
  3. The first person in a given family, lineage etc.; an ancestor. [from 17th c.]
    • 2011, Norman Davies, Vanished Kingdoms, Penguin 2012, p. 121:
      Habsburg tradition insists that the protoplast of the family was called Guntram.
  4. (biology) The contents of a plant cell. [from 19th c.]

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