heliozoan

noun
he·​lio·​zo·​an | \ ˌhē-lē-ə-ˈzō-ən How to pronounce heliozoan (audio) \

Definition of heliozoan

: any of a class (Heliozoa) of free-living spherical usually freshwater protozoans that reproduce by binary fission or budding

First Known Use of heliozoan

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heliozoan

New Latin Heliozoa, from heli- entry 1 + -zoa

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The first known use of heliozoan was circa 1889

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“Heliozoan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heliozoan. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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