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life form

or life-form

noun
1.
the form that is characteristic of a particular organism at maturity.
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Examples from the Web for life form
Historical Examples
  • He was using the jellyfish as an example of a life form all but invisible.

    The Common Man Guy McCord (AKA Dallas McCord Reynolds)
  • A life form that you can live with or cooperate with is called medvirk.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • Meanwhile he tried to find one life form that wasn't out for his blood.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • Perhaps the life form he had found needed destroying—and perhaps it didn't.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • A life form that you can live with or co-operate with is called medvirk.

    Sense of Obligation Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
  • These three conceptions of life form the foundation of all the religions that exist or have existed.

  • But over a long enough time—you know this as well as I do—random factors will eventually produce a life form.

  • Examples are outlined in Figs. 134 and 135 in which the life form is clearly defined.

  • In one case the handle has been elaborated into a life form, representing a frog or human figure.

  • These ten months of my life form an episode which seems to belong to a separate existence.

    The Lands of the Saracen Bayard Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for life form

life form

noun
1.
(biology) the characteristic overall form and structure of a mature organism on the basis of which it can be classified
2.
any living creature
3.
(in science fiction) an alien
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