A luke-warmblooded mammal, whose natural habitat is any environment within closer range of a CRT monitor or keyboard. Its diet is composed primarily of highly caffeinated and/or alcoholic liquids. Occasionally sighted on efnet, very little physical evidence of it exists. Anthropologists have debated the existence of "ecoli" for years.
E. coli (full name Escherichia coli) is a gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium. Contrary to popular belief, most strains of E. coli are harmless or even beneficial: many strains aid in our digestion. However, E. coli has gained a bad reputation from strain O157:H7, which can be present in hamburgers and occasionally causes severe disease.
I am happy to have many strains of Escherichia coli in my stomach right now, but I'd like to avoid E. coli O157:H7.