Origin: According Homer the word “amoive” was related to “change location” (move). In modern Greek αμοιβή/amoive (=fee, exchange) because money always is in motion.
|Bory de Saint-Vincent (1778 – 1846) French naturalist.|
Coined: The amoeba was first discovered by August Johann Rosel von Rosenhof in 1757 who gave to it the name Proteus animalcule after the Greek Proteus (Πρωτεύς) a sea-god, and he could his shape to many forms. The name "amibe" was given to it later by Bory de Saint-Vincent (1778 – 1846) from the Greek amoibè (αμοιβή), meaning in ancient Greek change as this microorganism is characterised by continually changing its body shape, forming extensions called pseudopods (false feet) into which its body then flows. The pseudopods also are used to surround and capture food.
A microscopic unicellular organism of protozoa that moves by means of pseudopods
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