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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An order of Rhizopoda, belonging to the sub-kingdom Protozoa, furnished with a shell or test, simple or complex, usually perforated by pores (foramina), whence the name.

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

  • n. foraminifers

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Examples

  • This, indeed, is why oil companies employ fossil experts to identify particular strata of rocks, usually by microfossils, tiny creatures called foraminifera, for example, or radiolaria.

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  • Australian researchers recently analyzed shells of modern plankton, called foraminifera, which teem by the billions in the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica.

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  • This beach is famous for its "star-sand," made up of tiny sea animals called foraminifera, which are formed from single-celled protozoa that produce calcium carbonate shells.

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  • Oceanographers have now identified no less than nine periods of intense cold over the past 900,000 years, as reflected by the characteristic shells of minute animals known as foraminifera found in cores drawn from the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

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  • The scientists used cores of ocean sediment containing fossils of microscopic shelled organisms called foraminifera to reconstruct past water temperatures in the strait.

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  • Two years later, he met Thomas Rupert Jones, the retired Professor of Geology at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, who asked Sherborn for help with papers he was writing on microscopic fossils known as foraminifera.

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  • The calcium carapace of microscopic animals called foraminifera living in the Southern Ocean, for example, have fallen in weight by a third.

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  • Feb 12 (ANI): Evidence from the deepest surveyed point in the world's oceans has suggested that tiny single-celled creatures called foraminifera living at extreme

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  • Evidence from the Challenger Deep -- the deepest surveyed point in the world's oceans -- suggests that tiny single-celled creatures called foraminifera living at extreme depths of more than ten kilometres build their homes using material that sinks down from near the ocean surface.

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  • (PhysOrg. com) -- Evidence from the Challenger Deep -- the deepest surveyed point in the world's oceans -- suggests that tiny single-celled creatures called foraminifera living at extreme depths of more than ten kilometres build their homes using material that sinks down from near the ocean surface.

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