Animalculous



a minute or microscopic animal, nearly or quite invisible to the naked eye, as an infusorian or rotifer.
Archaic. a tiny animal, as a mouse or fly.
noun (pl) -cules, -cula (-kjʊlə)
a microscopic animal such as an amoeba or rotifer
n.

“very small animal,” especially a microscopic one, 1590s, from Late Latin animalculum, diminutive of Latin animal (see animal (n.)). Related: Animalcular.

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