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 for protean
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Protean \Pro"te*an\, a.
     1. Of or pertaining to Proteus; characteristic of Proteus. "
        Protean transformations." --Cudworth.
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     2. Exceedingly variable; readily assuming different shapes or
        forms; as, an am[oe]ba is a protean animalcule.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: taking on different forms; "eyes...of that baffling
             protean grey which is never twice the same"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  48 Moby Thesaurus words for "protean":
     able to adapt, adaptable, adjustable, allotropic, alterable,
     alterative, changeable, changeful, checkered, diversiform,
     ever-changing, flexible, fluid, heteromorphic, heteromorphous,
     impermanent, kaleidoscopic, labile, malleable, manifold,
     many-sided, metamorphic, metamorphotic, mobile, modifiable,
     movable, multifarious, multifold, multiform, multiphase, multiple,
     multiplex, mutable, nonuniform, permutable, plastic, polymorphic,
     polymorphous, proteiform, resilient, rubbery, supple, transient,
     transitory, unsettled, unstable, unsteady, variable

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