Heliozoa

plural noun

He·​lio·​zoa
ˌhēlēəˈzōə
: 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
heliozoic
-ōik
adjective

Word History

Etymology

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 30 Jan. 2023.

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