[ gloh-bij-uh-rahy-nuh, -ree- ]
/ gloʊˌbɪdʒ əˈraɪ nə, -ˌri- /

noun, plural glo·big·er·i·nas, glo·big·er·i·nae [gloh-bij-uh-rahy-nee, -ree-] /gloʊˌbɪdʒ əˈraɪ ni, -ˌri-/.

any marine foraminifer of the genus Globigerina, having a calcareous shell, occurring either near the surface of the sea or in the mud at the bottom.

Nearby words

  1. globefish,
  2. globeflower,
  3. globesity,
  4. globetrot,
  5. globetrotter,
  6. globigerina ooze,
  7. globin,
  8. globish,
  9. globoid,
  10. globoid cell leukodystrophy

Origin of globigerina

1840–50; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin globi- globe (combining form of globus) + -ger- (stem of gerere to carry) + -ina -ina2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for globigerina


/ (ɡləʊˌbɪdʒəˈraɪnə) /

noun plural -nas or -nae (-niː)

any marine protozoan of the genus Globigerina, having a rounded shell with spiny processes: phylum Foraminifera (foraminifers)
globigerina ooze a deposit on the ocean floor consisting of the shells of these protozoans

Word Origin for globigerina

C19: from New Latin, from Latin globus globe + gerere to carry, bear

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