foraminifera

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

Definition of foraminifera

: organisms that are foraminifers

Examples of foraminifera in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Harbour Island in the Bahamas—one of the most famous beaches pictured here—the pink hue comes from foraminifera, a microscopic organism that actually has a reddish-pink shell, while the sand is a mix of coral, shells, and calcium carbonate. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Pink Sand Beaches in the World," 15 Jan. 2020 On Harbour Island in the Bahamas—one of the most famous beaches pictured here—the pink hue comes from foraminifera, a microscopic organism that actually has a reddish-pink shell, while the sand is a mix of coral, shells, and calcium carbonate. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Pink Sand Beaches in the World," 15 Jan. 2020 On Harbour Island in the Bahamas—one of the most famous beaches pictured here—the pink hue comes from foraminifera, a microscopic organism that actually has a reddish-pink shell, while the sand is a mix of coral, shells, and calcium carbonate. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Pink Sand Beaches in the World," 15 Jan. 2020 On Harbour Island in the Bahamas—one of the most famous beaches pictured here—the pink hue comes from foraminifera, a microscopic organism that actually has a reddish-pink shell, while the sand is a mix of coral, shells, and calcium carbonate. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Pink Sand Beaches in the World," 15 Jan. 2020 On Harbour Island in the Bahamas—one of the most famous beaches pictured here—the pink hue comes from foraminifera, a microscopic organism that actually has a reddish-pink shell, while the sand is a mix of coral, shells, and calcium carbonate. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Pink Sand Beaches in the World," 15 Jan. 2020 When the foraminifera die, their red shells wash onto the shore and mix with the white sand, giving it a pink tinge. Washington Post, "She’d always dreamed of riding a scooter around Bermuda. Then she tried it.," 3 Jan. 2020 Osborne and her colleagues analyzed almost 2,000 fossil shells of a tiny organism known as planktonic foraminifera to create a 100-year history of ocean acidification along the California coast. Denise Chow, NBC News, "The world's oceans are acidifying — but it's happening twice as fast off California," 17 Dec. 2019 Researchers studied marine animals with shells, known as foraminifera, to determine how a spike in carbon levels increased ocean acidification. Beverly Banks, Scientific American, "Dinosaur-Killing Meteorite Caused Acidification that Led to Mass Extinction," 23 Oct. 2019

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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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“Foraminifera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foraminifera. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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