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for·a·min·i·fer(fôr′ə-mĭn′ə-fər, fŏr′-) also fo·ram·i·nif·er·an (fə-răm′ə-nĭf′ər-ən)
Any of numerous chiefly marine protozoans of the order (or phylum) Foraminifera, characteristically having a calcareous shell with perforations through which numerous pseudopods protrude. The shells accumulate on the ocean floor as sediment.
[From New Latin Forāminifera, order name : Latin forāmen, forāmin-, an opening + Latin -fer, -fer.]
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(Zoology) a kind of protozoan with a calcareous, often perforated, shell
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for•a•min•i•fer(ˌfɔr əˈmɪn ə fər, ˌfɒr-)
any chiefly marine protozoan of the order Foraminifera, typically having a linear, spiral, or concentric shell perforated by small holes or pores through which pseudopodia extend.
[1835–45; < New Latin Foraminifera < Latin foramen]
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