from The Century Dictionary.

  • A name proposed by Hertwig (1819) for the foraminifers, or those rhizopods which possess a skeleton, or which are invested by a chitinous test or covered by silicious or arenaceous particles: thus equivalent to and conterminous with Foraminifera.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Zoöl.) Same as foraminifera.


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  • On the other hand, many cells attain a considerable size, and run occasionally to several inches in diameter, as do certain kinds of rhizopods among the unicellular protists (such as the radiolaria and thalamophora).

    The Evolution of Man — Volume 1 Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel 1876


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