plural noun

: an order of Actinopoda consisting of free-living holozoic usually freshwater protozoans that reproduce by binary fission or budding and comprise the sun animalcules see actinophrys, actinopoda, actinosphaerium
heliozoan adjective or noun

Word History


New Latin, from heli- entry 1 + -zoa

First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Heliozoa was circa 1889

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“Heliozoa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Heliozoa. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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