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foraminifer

[ fawr-uh-min-uh-fer, for- ]

noun

, plural for·a·min·i·fers, fo·ram·i·nif·er·a [f, uh, -ram-, uh, -, nif, -er-, uh].
  1. 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.


foraminifer

/ ˌfɒrəˈmɪnɪfə; fɒˌræmɪˈnɪfərəl /

noun

  1. any marine protozoan of the phylum Foraminifera , having a shell with numerous openings through which cytoplasmic processes protrude Often shortened toforam See also globigerina nummulite


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Derived Forms

  • foraminiferal, adjective
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Other Words From

  • fo·rami·nifer·al fo·rami·nifer·ous adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of foraminifer1

1835–45; < New Latin Foraminifera, equivalent to Latin forāmin-, stem of forāmen foramen + -ifera; -i-, -fer
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Word History and Origins

Origin of foraminifer1

C19: from New Latin, from foramen + -fer
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Example Sentences

The Laurentian rocks have yielded only one fossil—a large foraminifer named Eozoon Canadense.

One species at least of these creatures was a true Foraminifer, allied, though somewhat distantly, to Eozoon.

The foraminifer multiplies by fission, or by a process of budding.

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