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  • n  (spiritualism) a substance supposed to emanate from the body of the medium during a trance
  • n  the outer granule-free layer of cytoplasm

  • When it vanished the ectoplasm oozed slowly back into Margery's body.
  • Its most familiar component is the screaming Pope, smearily rising from blackness like carnivorous ectoplasm, his throne indicated by a pair of gold finials, the whole enclosed in .
  • For all the apparent ectoplasm floating about it, the Old House of Fear is haunted not by ghosts but by the shadow of the welfare state.
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  • History, and character, is served
    With respect to Ralph Ellison, Forest Whitaker plays an invisible man in the new movie "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Not a Hollywood ectoplasm, but a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fibers and liquids. Nevertheless, his character, Cecil Gaines, White House butler to seven presidents, remains invisible. Not because, as a black man in pre-Civil Rights Washington, people refuse to see him, but ...
    Aug. 14, 2013 - Chicago Tribune

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