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animalcule

, animalculum
a microscopic animal such as an amoeba or rotifer
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Semen has conveyed something indispensable to the fetation, but this something is the soul principle, neither an animalcule nor unassembled anatomical parts, as Aristotle's rival theorists contend.
When van Leeuwenhoek's animalcules are pathogenic, each meal becomes a gamble.
Steele's rhetorically pronounced awe of nature reveals itself to be merely obligatory; his invective against "insects, reptiles, and animalcules," continues a literary trope of devalued small "natural" (as opposed to commodified) objects.
But Emerson's revised argument is tricky: "Our planet," he writes, "before the age of written history, had its races of savages, like the generations of sour paste, or the animalcules that wriggle and bite in a drop of putrid water.
In April 1676, in what might have been an attempt to discover "the cause of the hotness or power whereby pepper affects the tongue," Leeuwenhoek placed some pepper in water Three weeks later, on April 24, 1676, he discovered an incredible number of very little animalcules, marking the first sighting of bacteria.