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

  • n. Any of various freshwater green algae of the genus Volvox that form hollow spherical multicellular colonies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the genus Volvox of chlorophytes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of minute, pale-green, globular, organisms, about one fiftieth of an inch in diameter, found rolling through water, the motion being produced by minute colorless cilia. It has been considered as belonging to the flagellate Infusoria, but is now referred to the vegetable kingdom, and each globule is considered a colony of many individuals. The commonest species is Volvox globator, often called globe animalcule.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small genus of fresh-water algæ, of the order Volrocineæ and class Cœnobieæ.
  • n. [lowercase] A member of the above genus: as, the globate volvox.

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

  • n. type genus of the Volvocaceae; minute pale green flagellates occurring in tiny spherical colonies; minute flagella rotate the colony about an axis


New Latin Volvox, genus name, from Latin volvere, to roll.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the genus name. (Wiktionary)



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  • Ugh. True dat!!

    March 13, 2007

  • Uselessness, I think this one ought to go on your list of No-nos. :-)

    March 13, 2007