Definition of Foraminifer

1. Noun. Marine microorganism having a calcareous shell with openings where pseudopods protrude.

Exact synonyms: Foram
Generic synonyms: Rhizopod, Rhizopodan
Group relationships: Foraminifera, Order Foraminifera
Specialized synonyms: Globigerina, Nummulite

Definition of Foraminifer

1. n. One of the Foraminifera.

Definition of Foraminifer

1. Noun. Any of several large marine protozoans, of the subphylum Foraminifera, that have a calcareous shell with many holes through which pseudopodia protrude ¹

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Definition of Foraminifer

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Medical Definition of Foraminifer

1. One of the foraminifera. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Foraminifer

foramen zygomaticotemporale
foramina alveolaria
foramina nervosa
foramina of the smallest veins of heart
foramina of the venae minimae
foramina palatina minora
foramina papillaria renis
foramina venarum minimarum cordis
foraminal herniation
foraminal lymph node
foraminal node
foraminifer (current term)

Literary usage of Foraminifer

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1. The Story of Creation: A Plain Account of Evolution by Edward Clodd (1888)
"foraminifer, Globigerina bulloides, magnified seventy diameters. This form is found floating in tropical and temperate seas. theirs, forming vast chalk and ..."

2. The Monthly Microscopical Journal: Transactions of the Royal Microscopical (1869)
"The body of every foraminifer being encased within a shell is quite incapable of those ... The foraminifer neither lays hold of its food, nor swallows, ..."

3. Geological Magazine by Henry Woodward (1904)
"This theory appears to me to be founded on a misconception of the real mode of growth of the foraminifer. The body of the foraminifer, like that of the ..."

4. The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art. by David Ames Wells, George Bliss, Samuel Kneeland, John Trowbridge, Wm Ripley Nichols, Charles R Cross (1867)
"... Carpenter, and Professor Rupert Jones, that the Canadian serpentine is of organic origin, the result of the growth of an extinct foraminifer, ..."

5. A Manual of Palaeontology for the Use of Students with a General by Henry Alleyne Nicholson (1872)
"Each bud of the Compound foraminifer is surrounded by its Own shell, ... A simple foraminifer from the Pliocene strata (Sub- Apennine beds) of Italy. ..."

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