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volvox

[ vol-voks ]

noun

  1. any colonial, freshwater green algae of the genus Volvox, forming a hollow, greenish sphere of flagellated cells.


volvox

/ ˈvɒlvɒks /

noun

  1. any freshwater flagellate protozoan of the genus Volvox, occurring in colonies in the form of hollow multicellular spheres


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Word History and Origins

Origin of volvox1

1790–1800; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin volv ( ere ) to turn, roll + -ōx (as in ferōx )

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Word History and Origins

Origin of volvox1

C18: from New Latin, from Latin volvere to roll

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Example Sentences

Another example of conjugation is that of Pandorina, an alga allied to the well-known volvox.

One of the best examples of this secondary grade of complication is presented by the spherically aggregated cells of Volvox.

This is almost established also for Amphioxus, the Echinoderm Volvox, and other animals.

The substitution of other terms in the anatomical series there described—amœba, volvox, etc.—would not affect this result.

It corresponds in structure with the fully developed volvox, except, of course, in lacking reproductive cells.

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