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archaebacteria

[ ahr-kee-bak-teer-ee-uh ]
/ 藢蓱r ki b忙k藞t瑟蓹r i 蓹 /
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plural noun, singular ar路chae路bac路te路ri路um [ahr-kee-bak-teer-ee-uhm]. /藢蓱r ki b忙k藞t瑟蓹r i 蓹m/. Microbiology.
a former term for the archaea, which in the three-domain system are no longer classified, either in kingdom or domain, with the bacteria.
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Also ar路chae路o路bac路te路ri路a [ahr-kee-oh-bak-teer-ee-uh]. /藢蓱r ki o蕣 b忙k藞t瑟蓹r i 蓹/.
See also domain (def. 6).

Origin of archaebacteria

First recorded in 1975鈥80; from New Latin; Archae- is irregular for archaeo- (perhaps an erroneous Latinizing of Greek arche- ); see origin at arche-,archaeo-, bacteria
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British Dictionary definitions for archaebacteria

archaebacteria
/ (藢蓱藧k瑟b忙k藞t瑟蓹r瑟蓹) /

pl n
(formerly) a group of microorganisms now regarded as members of the ArchaeaSee archaean

Word Origin for archaebacteria

from archaeo- + bacteria
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