Definition of globigerina
1 capitalized : a genus (the type of the family Globigerinidae) of foraminifers having calcareous shells and living near the surface of the sea
2 plural globigerinae \-ī(ˌ)nē, -ēˌnī\ also globigerinas a : a foraminifer of the genus Globigerina b : the shell of a globigerina
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Origin and Etymology of globigerina
New Latin, from globi- (from Latin globus ball) + ger- (from Latin gerere to carry, bear) + -ina — more at cast
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