noun Etymology: New Latin Heliozoa, from 1heli- + -zoa Date: circa 1889 any of a class (Heliozoa) of free-living spherical usually freshwater protozoans that reproduce by binary fission or budding

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  • heliozoan — [hē΄lē ə zō′ən] n. [< ModL Heliozoa (< HELIO + ZOA) + AN] any of a class (Heliozoa) of chiefly freshwater protozoans with slender pseudopodia arranged as rays heliozoic [hē΄lē ə zōik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • heliozoan — noun protozoa with spherical bodies and stiff radiating pseudopods • Hypernyms: ↑actinopod • Member Holonyms: ↑Heliozoa, ↑order Heliozoa * * * adjective or noun see heliozoa * * * /hee lee euh zoh euhn/, n …   Useful english dictionary

  • heliozoan — /hee lee euh zoh euhn/, n. 1. a protozoan of the order Heliozoa, having a spherical body and radiating pseudopods. adj. 2. Also, heliozoic /hee lee euh zoh ik/. belonging or pertaining to the Heliozoa. [1890 95; < NL Heliozo(a) name of the group… …   Universalium

  • heliozoan — noun Any of a group of aquatic protozoans, of the order Heliozoa, that have spherical bodies from which radiate spindlelike pseudopods …   Wiktionary

  • heliozoan — he·lio·zo·an …   English syllables

  • heliozoan — he•li•o•zo•an [[t]ˌhi li əˈzoʊ ən[/t]] n. 1) ivt any protozoan of the order Heliozoa, having a spherical body and radiating pseudopodia 2) ivt Also, he li•o•zo′ic. of or pertaining to the heliozoans • Etymology: 1890–95; < NL Heliozo(a) (see… …   From formal English to slang

  • heliozoan — /hiliəˈzoʊən/ (say heeleeuh zohuhn) noun 1. any of the mostly freshwater group Heliozoa, an order of protozoans, distinguished by a spherical body and radiating pseudopodia. –adjective 2. belonging or relating to the Heliozoa. {helio + zo(a) +… …   Australian English dictionary

  • helioflagellate — Any of a class of freshwater protozoans. They are sometimes considered relatives of heliozoans (organisms that for movement have extensions of cytoplasm called pseudopodia, but no flagella) because of their slender, radiating pseudopodia. The… …   Universalium

  • sun animalcule — noun : a protozoan of the order Heliozoa; especially : a large freshwater protozoan (Actinophrys sol) with numerous flexible radiating axopodia * * * a heliozoan. [1865 70] * * * sun animalcule noun A heliozoan • • • Main Entry: ↑sun …   Useful english dictionary

  • he|li|o|zo|ic — «HEE lee uh ZOH ihk», adjective. = heliozoan. (Cf. ↑heliozoan) …   Useful english dictionary

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