Spermatic animalcules. See Spermatozoa.

(An`i*mal"cu*lism) n. [Cf. F. animalculisme.] (Biol.) The theory which seeks to explain certain physiological and pathological phenomena by means of animalcules.

(An`i*mal"cu*list) n. [Cf. F. animalculiste.]

1. One versed in the knowledge of animalcules. Keith.

2. A believer in the theory of animalculism.

(||An`i*mal"cu*lum) n.; pl. Animalcula [NL. See Animalcule.] An animalcule.

Animalculæ, as if from a Latin singular animalcula, is a barbarism.

(An"i*mal*ish) a. Like an animal.

(An"i*mal*ism) n. [Cf. F. animalisme.] The state, activity, or enjoyment of animals; mere animal life without intellectual or moral qualities; sensuality.

(An`i*mal"i*ty) n. [Cf. F. animalité.] Animal existence or nature. Locke.

(An`i*mal*i*za"tion) n. [Cf. F. animalisation.]

1. The act of animalizing; the giving of animal life, or endowing with animal properties.

2. Conversion into animal matter by the process of assimilation. Owen.

(An"i*mal*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Animalized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Animalizing.] [Cf. F. animaliser.]

1. To endow with the properties of an animal; to represent in animal form. Warburton.

2. To convert into animal matter by the processes of assimilation.

3. To render animal or sentient; to reduce to the state of a lower animal; to sensualize.

The unconscious irony of the Epicurean poet on the animalizing tendency of his own philosophy.

(An"i*mal*ly), adv. Physically. G. Eliot.

(An"i*mal*ness), n. Animality. [R.]

(An`i*mas"tic) a. [L. anima breath, life.] Pertaining to mind or spirit; spiritual.

(An`i*mas"tic), n. Psychology. [Obs.]

(An"i*mate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Animated; p. pr. & vb. n. Animating.] [L. animatus, p. p. of animare, fr. anima breath, soul; akin to animus soul, mind, Gr. wind, Skr. an to breathe, live, Goth. us-anan to expire (us- out), Icel. önd breath, anda to breathe, OHG. ando anger. Cf. Animal.]

1. To give natural life to; to make alive; to quicken; as, the soul animates the body.

1. A small animal, as a fly, spider, etc. [Obs.] Ray.

2. (Zoöl.) An animal, invisible, or nearly so, to the naked eye. See Infusoria.

Many of the so-called animalcules have been shown to be plants, having locomotive powers something like those of animals. Among these are Volvox, the Desmidiacæ, and the siliceous Diatomaceæ.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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