animalcule

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animalcule

, animalculum
a microscopic animal such as an amoeba or rotifer
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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.
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.
Animalcules heave their tackling, ladders of polysaccharides, onto meatmilkshrimp&creamy emulsions .