[ ak-ri-tahrk ]

  1. any of various microfossils, of unknown biological affinities, having a central cavity enclosed by a wall of chiefly organic composition.

Origin of acritarch

1963; <New Latin Acritarcha (neuter plural), irregular <Greek ákrit(os) confused, doubtful (see a-6, critic) + archḗ beginning, origin (cf. archi-)

Other words from acritarch

  • ac·ri·tar·chous, adjective

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