for Saturday, 3 June 2023
Today's Word was chosen in partnership with the Museum of Science as the Science Word of The Week!
[ an-uh-mal-kyool ]
a minute or microscopic animal, nearly or quite invisible to the naked eye.
What is the origin of animalcule?
Animalcule comes from the New Latin animalculum, “small animal.” The animal element comes from the Latin animālis, meaning “living” or “airy, breathy.” The suffix -culum, “small,” also appears in disguise in the Words of the Day canicular and osculate. Animalcule was first recorded in English in the 1590s.
EXAMPLE OF ANIMALCULE USED IN A SENTENCE
Pressed between the two glass slides, a variety of animalcules drifted and skittered through the narrow band of water.