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This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.


If a word conforms to a special rule, I like to call it an Amoeboid Word™.
Find the rule that decides whether a word is an Amoeboid Word™ or not, and why they are called so.

Amoeboid Word™ Non-Amoeboid Word™
BALLOONED INFLATED
HEAVIER BULKIER
FURRINESS HAIRINESS
ALLIED AFFILIATED
LOUNGE SETTEE
SOURNESS ACRIDNESS
FRIEND COMPANION
STAINED BLEMISHED
SWEATY CLAMMY
THEOREM POSTULATE

CSV Version:

Amoeboid Word™,Non-Amoeboid Word™
BALLOONED,INFLATED
HEAVIER,BULKIER
FURRINESS,HAIRINESS
ALLIED,AFFILIATED
LOUNGE,SETTEE
SOURNESS,ACRIDNESS
FRIEND,COMPANION
STAINED,BLEMISHED
SWEATY,CLAMMY
THEOREM,POSTULATE
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A word is Amoeboid if

The odd letters and even letters both spell out words.

It is called Amoeboid because

Amoebae are unicellular organisms that can combine to form multinucleate organisms? As per El-Guest, an amoeba can split into two fully viable amoebae.

Demonstration:

 BALLOONED      ->   BLOND     &    ALOE
 HEAVIER        ->   HAIR      &    EVE
 FURRINESS      ->   FRIES     &    URNS
 ALLIED         ->   ALE       &    LID
 LOUNGE         ->   LUG       &    ONE
 SOURNESS       ->   SUNS      &    ORES
 FRIEND         ->   FIN       &    RED
 STAINED        ->   SAND      &    TIE
 SWEATY         ->   SET       &    WAY
 THEOREM        ->   TERM      &    HOE
 

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    $\begingroup$ They rot13(pfcyvg vagb gjb shyyl ivnoyr nzbronr) $\endgroup$
    – El-Guest
    Jun 23 at 2:21
  • $\begingroup$ @El-Guest Thank you! I should have researched that part a bit more. $\endgroup$
    – Vir
    Jun 23 at 2:25
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    $\begingroup$ Any formatting inside spoiler tags is finicky, at best. I find the easiest one to use is just a <pre> </pre> block, each row prefixed with the spoiler tag >!. $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Jun 23 at 4:33
  • $\begingroup$ So the word Amoeboid itself is not an Amoeboid Word™? $\endgroup$
    – DrSheldon
    Jun 23 at 16:44

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