from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various marine protozoans of the order Radiolaria, having rigid siliceous skeletons and spicules.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of many marine amoeboid protozoa, of subclass Radiolaria, having filamentous pseudopodia; they have intricate silica skeletons
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Radiolaria.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the Radiolaria; containing or consisting of radiolarians.
- n. Any member of the Radiolaria.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. protozoa with amoeba-like bodies and radiating filamentous pseudopods
The stone type quarried is unique to the Sarikaya quarry, as it can be microscopically classified as radiolarian mudstone.
The key to Haeckel's vision was a tiny undersea organism called the radiolarian, one of the earliest forms of life.
OTOH, how can you resist a guy who uses the word radiolarian in his lyrics?)
Bird's lyrics often feature archaic language - words such as radiolarian, plecostomus, dermestids, coprophagia - which he chooses mainly for their sound, but not at the expense of their meaning.
(Soundbite of music) Mr. BIRD: (Singing) (Unintelligible) radiolarian … BLOCK: What's a radiolarian?
Similarly, among protists, a radiolarian may capture and ingest, more or less indifferently, a bacterium, an autotrophic flagellate, a herbivorous oligotrich ciliate, or another radiolarian (Fig 2E).
Here are atoms of silica, once imprisoned in a layer of flint in the subterranean darkness; later, within the fragile shell of a diatom, tossed by waves and warmed by the sun; and again entering into the exquisite structure of a radiolarian shell, that miracle of ephemeral beauty that might be the work of a fairy glass-blower with a snowflake as his pattern.
On the table was a glass model that Elizabeth assumed represented some intricate protist organism such as a marine radiolarian.
From the depths of his memory there came to Kirk a biology-class vision of the long glass spike of a radiolarian, a microscopic marine animal, with protoplasm streaming along it, mindless and voracious.
This type of chert contains the skeletons of innumerable radiolarian creatures.
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