- a thing or being that is the first of its kind
- Biol. energid
- Bot. a unit of protoplasm, such as makes up a single cell exclusive of the cell wall
Origin of protoplastFrench protoplaste from Late Latin protoplastus from Classical Greek protoplastos, formed first from protos, first (see proto-) + plastos, formed from plassein, to form: see plastic
Origin of protoplastFrench protoplaste from Old French the first man from Late Latin prōtoplastus from Greek prōtoplastos prōto- proto- plastos formed, molded ; see -plast .
(comparative more protoplast, superlative most protoplast)
From Middle French prothoplaste, and its source Late Latin protoplastus, from Hellenistic Ancient Greek Ï€ÏÏ‰Ï„ÏŒÏ€Î»Î±ÏƒÏ„Î¿Ï‚ (prÅtoplastos, “first-formed"), from Ancient Greek Ï€ÏÏ‰Ï„Î¿- (prÅto-) + Ï€Î»Î±ÏƒÏ„ÏŒÏ‚ (plastos, “formed, moulded").