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[te-stey-shuh n] /tɛˈsteɪ ʃən/
adjective, Zoology.
having a shell or test.
Origin of testacean
1835-45; < Latin testāce(us) shell-covered, testaceous + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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testacean in Science
Any of various protozoans of the order Arcellinida (or Testacida) that are encased in a shell. Testaceans are rhizopods and are related to amoebas. Their shell usually has one chamber and may be secreted by the organism as a chitinous or siliceous covering, or may be glued together out of sand particles.
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