Pronunciation: (fôr"u-min'u-fur, for"-), [key]
—pl. for•a•min•i•fers, fo•ram•i•nif•er•aPronunciation: (fu-ram"u-nif'ur-u). [key]
any chiefly marine protozoan of the sarcodinian order Foraminifera, typically having a linear, spiral, or concentric shell perforated by small holes or pores through which pseudopodia extend. Also called fo•ram•i•nif•er•an Pronunciation: (fu-ram"u-nif'ur-un), [key] foram.
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