ac·​ti·​noph·​rys | \ ˌak-tə-ˈnä-frəs, ak-ˈti-nə- \

Definition of actinophrys

1 capitalized : a genus of protozoans (order Heliozoa) widely distributed in stagnant water
2 plural actinophrys : a protozoan of the genus Actinophrys

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First Known Use of actinophrys

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for actinophrys

New Latin, from actin- + Greek ophrys brow, rim

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“Actinophrys.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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