- any chiefly marine protozoan of the sarcodinian order Foraminifera, typically having a linear, spiral, or concentric shell perforated by small holes or pores through which pseudopodia extend.
Origin of foraminifer
Also called fo·ram·i·nif·er·an [fuh-ram-uh-nif-er-uh n] /fəˌræm əˈnɪf ər ən/, foram.
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One represents the line of man's evolution, the other that of the foraminifera.The Idea of God in Early Religions
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The quantity of Radiolaria contained varies, and is more conspicuous the fewer the calcareous shells of Foraminifera present.
We have stated that the Foraminifera are of microscopic dimensions.
The history of the Foraminifera is a striking example of this great truth.
Our exact knowledge of the Foraminifera is of very recent date.
C19: from New Latin, from foramen + -fer
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