Globigerina Glo*big`e*ri"na, n.; pl. {Globigerin[ae]}. [NL., fr. L. globus a round body + gerere to bear.] (Zo["o]l.) A genus of small Foraminifera, which live abundantly at or near the surface of the sea. Their dead shells, falling to the bottom, make up a large part of the soft mud, generally found in depths below 3,000 feet, and called globigerina ooze. See Illust. of {Foraminifera}. [1913 Webster]

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  • globigerinae — n. (Zoology) marine protozoan that has a rounded calcareous shell found plentifully near the surface of the sea …   English contemporary dictionary

  • globigerina — /gloh bij euh ruy neuh, ree /, n., pl. globigerinas, globigerinae / nee/. any marine foraminifer of the genus Globigerina, having a calcareous shell, occurring either near the surface of the sea or in the mud at the bottom. [1840 50; < NL, equiv …   Universalium

  • globigerina — [ˌgləʊbɪdʒə rʌɪnə] noun (plural globigerinas or globigerinae ni:) a planktonic marine protozoan with a calcareous shell. [Genus Globigerina.] Origin mod. L., from L. globus globe (because of the globular chambers in its shell) + ger carrying +… …   English new terms dictionary

  • globigerina — /gloʊˌbɪdʒəˈraɪnə/ (say gloh.bijuh ruynuh) noun (plural globigerinae /gloʊˌbɪdʒəˈraɪni/ (say gloh.bijuh ruynee)) a marine protozoan belonging to the order Foraminifera, the shells of which, falling to the ocean floor upon death, form a mud known… …   Australian English dictionary

  • globigerina —   n. (pl. ae ) protozoon living in surface waters of the sea.    ♦ globigerina ooze, deposit of the chalky shells of globigerinae on the sea floor …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • globigerina ooze — noun : a layer of soft mud made up in large part of the shells of dead globigerinae and covering great areas of the sea bottom at depths of 1000 to 3000 feet * * * a calcareous deposit occurring upon ocean beds and consisting mainly of the shells …   Useful english dictionary

  • globigerine — glōˈbijəˌrīn, rə̇n adjective Etymology: New Latin Globigerina : of, relating to, or derived from Globigerina or globigerinae globigerine muds …   Useful english dictionary

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