- 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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The foraminifer multiplies by fission, or by a process of budding.The Sea Shore
William S. Furneaux
Word Origin for foraminifer
C19: from New Latin, from foramen + -fer
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