noun Date: 1920 foraminifer

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  • foraminiferan — ▪ protozoan       any unicellular organism of the rhizopodan order Foraminiferida (formerly Foraminifera), characterized by long, fine pseudopodia that extend from a uninucleated or multinucleated cytoplasmic body encased within a test, or shell …   Universalium

  • foraminiferan — noun foraminifer …   Wiktionary

  • foraminiferan — fo·ram·i·nif·er·an …   English syllables

  • foraminiferan — fo•ram•i•nif•er•an [[t]fəˌræm əˈnɪf ər ən[/t]] n. pl. er•a [[t] ər ə[/t]] mcr foraminifer …   From formal English to slang

  • foraminiferan — var. of FORAMINIFER. * * * I. rən adjective Etymology: New Latin Foraminifera + English al : foraminiferal II. noun ( s) : one of the Foraminifera …   Useful english dictionary

  • Amoeboid — Foraminiferan (Ammonia tepida) Amoeboids are single celled life forms characterized by an irregular shape.[1] Amoeboid and amœba are often used interchangeably even by biologists,[2] and especially …   Wikipedia

  • Cretaceous Period — Interval of geologic time from с 144 to 65 million years ago. During the Cretaceous the climate was warmer than today. In the seas, marine invertebrates flourished, and bony fishes evolved. On land, flowering plants arose, and insects, bees in… …   Universalium

  • protozoan — /proh teuh zoh euhn/, n., pl. protozoans, (esp. collectively) protozoa / zoh euh/, adj. Biol. n. 1. any of a diverse group of eukaryotes, of the kingdom Protista, that are primarily unicellular, existing singly or aggregating into colonies, are… …   Universalium

  • Tertiary Period — Interval of geologic time, 65–1. 8 million years ago. It constitutes the first of the two periods of the Cenozoic Era, the second being the Quaternary. The Tertiary has five subdivisions: (from oldest to youngest) the Paleocene, Eocene, Oligocene …   Universalium

  • quaternary — /kwot euhr ner ee, kweuh terr neuh ree/, adj., n., pl. quaternaries. adj. 1. consisting of four. 2. arranged in fours. 3. (cap.) Geol. noting or pertaining to the present period of earth history, forming the latter part of the Cenozoic Era,… …   Universalium

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