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1838, from proto- + Greek zoe "life" (see zoo) + -ic.

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  • Probably you will remember that during the protozoic period, the inhabitants of the Earth were all deaf, dumb, and sexless.

    Lumen Camille Flammarion
  • The Sponges are a side-issue, or cul de sac, from the protozoic world, and do not lead on to the higher.

    The Story of Evolution Joseph McCabe

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