any of numerous protozoa of the widespread subphylum (or superclass) Rhizopoda, characterized by a pseudopod and comprising most members of the phylum Sarcodina, including the amebas and foraminifers.
- rhi·zop·o·dan [rahy-zop-uh-dn], /raɪˈzɒp ə dn/, adjective, noun
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How to use rhizopod in a sentence
The diatoms have each one a tiny shell or shield, not made of lime like the rhizopod-shells, but of flint.Young Folks' Library, Volume XI (of 20) | Various
With regard to the origin of the group, the probability is greatly in favour of a rhizopod ancestry.
British Dictionary definitions for rhizopod
any protozoan of the phylum Rhizopoda, characterized by naked protoplasmic processes (pseudopodia). The group includes the amoebas
of, relating to, or belonging to the Rhizopoda
- rhizopodan (raɪˈzɒpədən), adjective, noun
- rhizopodous, adjective
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Scientific definitions for rhizopod
Any of various protozoans of the group Rhizopoda, characteristically moving and taking in food by means of pseudopods. Rhizopods include amoebas and radiolarians.
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