The first rough draft or original copy of a despatch, which is to form the basis of a treaty. (Greek, proto-koleon, a sheet glued to the front of a manuscript, and bearing an abstract of the contents and purport. (Harmolaus Barbarus.)
<Protoplasm, Sarcode The material or cells of which all living things are built up. Each is a jelly-like substance, the former being the nucleus of plants and the latter of animals. Max Schultz proved the identity of these substances.
Protoplasm is not a simple but a complicated structure, sometimes called a “colony of plasts,” or nuclear granules. (Greek, proto-plasma, the first model; proto-sarkodes, the first flesh-like entity.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894