foraminifera

plural noun
fo·ra·mi·nif·era | \fə-ˌra-mə-ˈni-f(ə-)rə; ˌfȯr-ə-mə-ˈni-, ˌfär-\

Definition of foraminifera 

: organisms that are foraminifers

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The researchers behind the current study, working on board the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy, analyzed sediments of deep ocean mud, which contain the shells of long-dead marine organisms called foraminifera. Christopher Mooney, BostonGlobe.com, "Scientists may have solved a huge riddle that led to more than 1,000 years of cold on Earth. It doesn’t bode well," 12 July 2018 Tiny fossilized foraminifera species known to have survived the mass extinction also start showing up in the upper part of this layer. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Life returned to crater of Cretaceous asteroid in the blink of an eye," 30 May 2018 The sediment contains the fossilized remains of phytoplankton, zooplankton, and foraminifera, whose shells feature some of the prettiest designs found in nature. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Walter Munk's 100th birthday stirs memories of Scripps golden era," 1 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of foraminifera

circa 1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for foraminifera

New Latin, from Latin foramin-, foramen + -fera, neuter plural of -fer -fer

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