[ proh-tee-uhn, proh-tee- ]
/ ˈproʊ ti ən, proʊˈti- /
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readily assuming different forms or characters; extremely variable.
changeable in shape or form, as an amoeba.
(of an actor or actress) versatile; able to play many kinds of roles.
(initial capital letter) of, relating to, or suggestive of Proteus.
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OTHER WORDS FROM proteanpro·te·an·ism, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH proteanprotean , protein
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British Dictionary definitions for protean
/ (prəʊˈtiːən, ˈprəʊtɪən) /
readily taking on various shapes or forms; variable
Word Origin for protean
C16: from Proteus
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