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 (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.]

fo·ram′i·nif′er·al adj.


(Biology) 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
[C19: from New Latin, from foramen + -fer]
foraminiferal, foˌramiˈniferous adj


(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foraminifer - marine microorganism having a calcareous shell with openings where pseudopods protrudeforaminifer - marine microorganism having a calcareous shell with openings where pseudopods protrude
rhizopod, rhizopodan - protozoa characterized by a pseudopod
globigerina - marine protozoan having a rounded shell with spiny processes
nummulite - large fossil protozoan of the Tertiary period
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