Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of the chiefly marine protozoans of the order Foraminifera, characteristically having a calcareous shell with perforations through which numerous pseudopods protrude.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several large marine protozoans, of the subphylum Foraminifera, that have a calcareous shell with many holes through which pseudopodia protrude

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the Foraminifera.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the Foraminifera.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. marine microorganism having a calcareous shell with openings where pseudopods protrude

Etymologies

From New Latin Forāminifera, order name : Latin forāmen, forāmin-, an opening + Latin -fer, -fer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Relative abundance variations of the planktic foraminifer Globigerinoides sacculifer and àƒÅ½à‚ⲱ8O measured G. ruber white variety in core PBBC1 plotted against calibrated years.

    Gulf of Mexico SST Proxy « Climate Audit

  • (H) Abundances of the foraminifer Globigerina bulloides in Cariaco Basin sediments are higher during glacial advances indicating stronger trade winds (20).

    LIA and MWP in Venezuela « Climate Audit

  • Steve M., some months back I linked to a California Current foraminifer study that showed things as fairly flat there through the MWP and LIA.

    Allen and the "Cool" Medieval Pacific « Climate Audit

  • The biological response to the monsoonal activity in the surface water column is preserved as increased abundance of the planktic foraminifer Globigerina bulloides…Advantages of this proxy are (1) its unique association with the summer monsoon (G. bulloides has a subpolar habitat and would be absent in the tropics except for wind-driven upwelling), (2) linear correlation with the surface cooling due to upwelling, apparently unbiased by other influences

    Moberg #5: Arabian Sea glob. bulloides « Climate Audit

  • It may seem a small thing to admit that the dull vital actions of a fungus, or a foraminifer, are the properties of their protoplasm, and are the direct results of the nature of the matter of which they are composed.

    Autobiography and Selected Essays

  • These micro-organisms are found in just a few pieces of amber among the thousands that have been studied, but show a remarkable diversity: unicellular algae, mainly diatoms found in large numbers, traces of animal plankton, such as radiolaria and a foraminifer, spiny skeletons of sponges and of echinoderms.

    Signs of the Times

  • I don’t know a whole lot about the fineness of the foraminifer paleo record, but note that something like the Holocene maximum which lasted many centuries would be far more obvious in the record than the much shorter MWP.

    Warmest in a Millll-yun Years « Climate Audit

  • a foraminifer, or a fresh-water polype is capable of feeling; and, in spite of Shakspere, I have doubts about the great sensitiveness of the

    Collected Essays, Volume V Science and Christian Tradition: Essays

  • 18O record of the shells of the benthic foraminifer

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