|n.||1.||(Class. Myth.) A sea god in the service of Neptune who assumed different shapes at will. Hence, one who easily changes his appearance or principles.|
|2.||(Zool.) A genus of aquatic eel-shaped amphibians found in caves in Austria. They have permanent external gills as well as lungs. The eyes are small and the legs are weak.|
|Noun||1.||Proteus - (Greek mythology) a prophetic god who served Poseidon; was capable of changing his shape at will|
|2.||Proteus - type genus of the Proteidae|
Synonyms: genus Proteus
|PROTEUS - An extensible language, the core of PARSEC.|
["The Design of a Minimal Expandable Computer Language", J.R. Bell, PhD Thesis, CS, Stanford University (Dec 1968)].