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 (vŏl′vŏks′, vôl′-)
Any of various one-celled flagellate freshwater green algae of the genus Volvox that form hollow mucilaginous spherical colonies of several hundred cells.

[New Latin Volvox, genus name, from Latin volvere, to roll; see wel- in Indo-European roots.]


(Microbiology) any freshwater flagellate protozoan of the genus Volvox, occurring in colonies in the form of hollow multicellular spheres
[C18: from New Latin, from Latin volvere to roll]


(ˈvɒl vɒks)

any colonial freshwater green algae of the genus Volvox, forming a hollow sphere of flagellated cells.
[1790–1800; < New Latin, = Latin volv(ere) to turn, roll + -ōx (as in ferōx)]
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Noun1.volvox - type genus of the VolvocaceaeVolvox - type genus of the Volvocaceae; minute pale green flagellates occurring in tiny spherical colonies; minute flagella rotate the colony about an axis
protoctist genus - any genus of Protoctista
family Volvocaceae, Volvocaceae - unicellular or colonial biflagellate free-swimming flagellates
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