slime mold

slime mold
noun
a naked mass of protoplasm having characteristics of both plants and animals; sometimes classified as protoctists
Syn: ↑slime mould
Hypernyms: ↑fungus

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noun also slime fungus
: a plant of the class Myxomycetes

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1. any of various funguslike organisms belonging to the phylum Myxomycota, of the kingdom Protista (or the plant class Myxomycetes), characterized by a noncellular, multinucleate, creeping somatic phase and a propagative phase in which fruiting bodies are produced bearing spores that are covered by cell walls.
2. any of several similar organisms of the phylum Acrasiomycota (or class Acrasiomycetes), differing from the true slime molds in being cellular and nucleate throughout the life cycle.
[1875-80]

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slime mold or slime fungus,
any one of a group of primitive organisms consisting of a thin mass of naked protoplasm and occurring in slimy masses, as on damp soil and decaying logs.

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n. a simple organism that consists of an acellular mass of creeping jellylike protoplasm containing nuclei, or a mass of ameboid cells. When it reaches a certain size it forms a large number of spore cases. Division Myxomycota, kingdom Fungi, in particular the class Myxomycetes; also treated as protozoan (phylum Gymnomyxa, kingdom Protista)

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