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  1. Foraminifera, order Foraminiferanoun



  1. foraminiferanoun

    A large group of amoeboid protists, of the order Foraminifera, that are mostly marine.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Foraminifera

    an extensive order of rhizopods which generally have a chambered calcareous shell formed by several united zooids. Many of them have perforated walls, whence the name. Some species are covered with sand. See Rhizophoda

    Etymology: [NL., fr. L. foramen, -aminis, a foramen + ferre to bear.]


  1. Foraminifera

    The Foraminifera are a phylum or class of amoeboid protists. They are characterized both by their thin pseudopodia that form an external net for catching food, and they usually have an external shell, or test, made of various materials and constructed in diverse forms. Most forams are aquatic, primarily marine, and the majority of species live on or within the seafloor sediment with a small number of species known to be floaters in the water column at various depths. A few are known from freshwater or brackish conditions and some soil species have been identified through molecular analysis of small subunit ribosomal DNA. Foraminifera typically produce a test, or shell, which can have either one or multiple chambers, some becoming quite elaborate in structure. These shells are commonly made of calcium carbonate or agglutinated sediment particles. About 275,000 species are recognized, both living and fossil. They are usually less than 1 mm in size, but some are much larger, the largest species reaching up to 20 cm.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Foraminifera

    An order of amoeboid EUKARYOTES characterized by reticulating pseudopods and a complex life cycle with an alternation of generations. Most are less than 1mm in size and found in marine or brackish water.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of foraminifera in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of foraminifera in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
    • A. transpire
    • B. cleave
    • C. emanate
    • D. abash

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