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[fawr-uh-min-uh-fer, for-] /ˌfɔr əˈmɪn ə fər, ˌfɒr-/
noun, plural foraminifers, foraminifera
[fuh-ram-uh-nif-er-uh] /fəˌræm əˈnɪf ər ə/ (Show IPA)
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.
Also called foraminiferan
[fuh-ram-uh-nif-er-uh n] /fəˌræm əˈnɪf ər ən/ (Show IPA),
Origin of foraminifer
1835-45; < New Latin Foraminifera, equivalent to Latin forāmin-, stem of forāmen foramen + -ifera; see -i-, -fer
Related forms
foraminiferal, foraminiferous, adjective Unabridged
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  • The foraminifer multiplies by fission, or by a process of budding.

    The Sea Shore William S. Furneaux
British Dictionary definitions for foraminifer


any marine protozoan of the phylum Foraminifera, having a shell with numerous openings through which cytoplasmic processes protrude Often shortened to foram See also globigerina, nummulite
Derived Forms
foraminiferal (fɒˌræmɪˈnɪfərəl), foraminiferous, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from foramen + -fer
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