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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A general designation given by Bastian to the lowest forms of life.


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  • Is this used to describe a virus?

    January 2, 2008

  • term used to describe the lowest forms of life imaginable, so low they cannot be otherwise classified.

    January 1, 2008