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foraminifer

[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)
1.
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),
foram.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < Neo-Latin Foraminifera, equivalent to Latin forāmin-, stem of forāmen foramen + -ifera; see -i-, -fer
Related forms
foraminiferal, foraminiferous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for foraminifera

foraminifer

/ˌfɒrəˈmɪnɪfə/
noun
1.
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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Word Origin and History for foraminifera

Foraminifera

1835, Modern Latin, neuter plural of foraminifer "bearing holes," from Latin foramen "hole, opening, orifice" (see foramen) + -fer "bearing," from ferre "to bear" (see infer). So called because the shells usually are perforated by pores. Related: Foraminiferous.

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