(?), n. [L., Gr. .] 1. (Class. Myth.) A sea god in the service of Neptune who assumed different shapes at will. Hence, one who easily changes his appearance or principles.
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2. (Zol.) (a) A genus of aquatic eel-shaped amphibians found in caves in Austria. They have permanent external gills as well as lungs. The eyes are small and the legs are weak. (b) A changeable protozoan; an amba.
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(?), } n. [NL., fr. Gr. before + chamber, especially, the bridal chamber.] A song in celebration of a marriage. Drayton.
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(?), n.;
pl. Prothallia (#).
[NL.] (Bot.) Same as Prothallus.
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(?), n.;
pl. Prothalli (#).
[NL., fr. Gr. before + a young shoot.] (Bot.) The minute primary growth from the spore of ferns and other Pteridophyta, which bears the true sexual organs; the ophoric generation of ferns, etc.
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(?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. a placing in public, fr. to set before; before + to set, put.] 1. (Eccl.) A credence table; -- so called by the Eastern or Greek Church.
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2. (Med.) See Prosthesis. Dunglison.
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