from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The philosophical doctrine holding that all matter has life, which is a property or derivative of matter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A philosophical doctrine espousing that all or some material things possess life, or that all life is inseparable from matter.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The doctrine that matter possesses a species of life and sensation, or that matter and life are inseparable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The doctrine that all matter is endowed with life.
Greek hūlē, matter + Greek zōē, life; + -ism.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ὕλη (hulē) "matter" + ζωή (zōē) "life" (Wiktionary)