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foraminifer

[ fawr-uh-min-uh-fer, for- ]
/ 藢f蓴r 蓹藞m瑟n 蓹 f蓹r, 藢f蓲r- /
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noun, plural for路a路min路i路fers, fo路ram路i路nif路er路a [fuh-ram-uh-nif-er-uh]. /f蓹藢r忙m 蓹藞n瑟f 蓹r 蓹/.
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.
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Also called fo路ram路i路nif路er路an [fuh-ram-uh-nif-er-uhn], /f蓹藢r忙m 蓹藞n瑟f 蓹r 蓹n/, foram.

Origin of foraminifer

1835鈥45; <New Latin Foraminifera, equivalent to Latin for膩min-, stem of for膩menforamen + -ifera;see -i-, -fer

OTHER WORDS FROM foraminifer

fo路ram路i路nif路er路al, fo路ram路i路nif路er路ous, adjective
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How to use foraminifer in a sentence

  • The Laurentian rocks have yielded only one fossil鈥攁 large foraminifer named Eozoon Canadense.

    Geology|James Geikie
  • 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.

    The Sea Shore|William S. Furneaux

British Dictionary definitions for foraminifer

foraminifer
/ (藢f蓲r蓹藞m瑟n瑟f蓹) /

noun
any marine protozoan of the phylum Foraminifera, having a shell with numerous openings through which cytoplasmic processes protrudeOften shortened to: foram See also globigerina, nummulite

Derived forms of foraminifer

foraminiferal (f蓲藢r忙m瑟藞n瑟f蓹r蓹l) or foraminiferous, adjective

Word Origin for foraminifer

C19: from New Latin, from foramen + -fer
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