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extremely variable; changeable in shape or form, as an amoeba; a versatile actor
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protein – plants or animal compounds rich in amino acids required for growth and repair of animal tissue
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1. Readily taking on varied shapes, forms, or meanings.
2. Exhibiting considerable variety or diversity: "He loved to show off his protean talent" (William A. Henry III).
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readily taking on various shapes or forms; variable
[C16: from Proteus]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
pro•te•an(ˈproʊ ti ən, proʊˈti-)
1. readily assuming different forms or characters; extremely variable.
2. changeable in shape or form, as an ameba.
3. (of an actor) versatile.
4. (cap.) of, pertaining to, or suggestive of Proteus.
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|Adj.||1.||protean - taking on different forms; "eyes...of that baffling protean grey which is never twice the same"|
variable - liable to or capable of change; "rainfall in the tropics is notoriously variable"; "variable winds"; "variable expenses"
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adjective changeable, variable, volatile, versatile, temperamental, ever-changing, mercurial, many-sided, mutable, polymorphous, multiform the protean and complex nature of his work
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
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protean[ˈprəʊtɪən] ADJ → proteico
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
adj (liter) → proteisch (liter)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
n. protéico, que se manifiesta en distintas formas.
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