[te-stey-shuh n]

Origin of testacean

1835–45; < Latin testāce(us) shell-covered, testaceous + -an
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testacean in Science


  1. Any of various protozoans of the order Arcellinida (or Testacida) that are encased in a shell. Testaceans are rhizopods and are related to amoebas. Their shell usually has one chamber and may be secreted by the organism as a chitinous or siliceous covering, or may be glued together out of sand particles.
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