Word Of The Day 2-10-2017

extremophiles

noun
ik-STREE-muh-fyle

Definition

: an organism that lives under extreme environmental conditions (as in a hot spring or ice cap)

Examples

“Beetles with antifreeze blood, ants that sprint on scorching sand and spiders that live high up Mount Everest. These incredible creatures are the extremophiles: animals that survive some of the most inhospitable conditions on Earth, and sometimes even further.” — Christopher Brooks, BBC.co.uk, 26 Mar. 2016