actinophrys

noun

ac·​ti·​noph·​rys
ˌak-tə-ˈnä-frəs,
ak-ˈti-nə-
1
capitalized : a genus of protozoans (order Heliozoa) widely distributed in stagnant water
2
plural actinophrys : a protozoan of the genus Actinophrys

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of actinophrys was in 1840

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“Actinophrys.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/actinophrys. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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