[proh-tee-uh n, proh-tee-]
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.
Origin of protean
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readily taking on various shapes or forms; variable
Word Origin for protean
C16: from Proteus
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1590s, from Greek Proteus, sea god (son of Oceanus and Tethys) who could change his form; his name is literally "first," from protos "first" (see proto-).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Readily taking on varied shapes, forms, or meanings.
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