foraminifera

foraminifer

[fawr-uh-min-uh-fer, for-]
noun, plural foraminifers, foraminifera [fuh-ram-uh-nif-er-uh] .
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-uhn] , foram.


Origin:
1835–45; < Neo-Latin Foraminifera, equivalent to Latin forāmin-, stem of forāmen foramen + -ifera; see -i-, -fer

foraminiferal, foraminiferous, adjective
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foraminifer (ˌfɒrəˈmɪnɪfə)
 
n
globigerina See also nummulite Often shortened to: foram any marine protozoan of the phylum Foraminifera, having a shell with numerous openings through which cytoplasmic processes protrude
 
[C19: from New Latin, from foramen + -fer]
 
foraminiferal
 
adj
 
forami'niferous
 
adj

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Foraminifera
1835, Mod.L., neut. pl. of foraminifer "bearing holes," from L. foramen "hole, opening, orifice" + -fer "bearing;" so called because the shells are usually perforated by pores.
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