1. [syn: Foraminifera, order Foraminifera]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Foraminifera \Fo*ram`i*nif"e*ra\, n. pl. [NL., fr. L. foramen,
-aminis, a foramen + ferre to bear.] (Zool.)
An extensive order of rhizopods which generally have a
chambered calcareous shell formed by several united zooids.
Many of them have perforated walls, whence the name. Some
species are covered with sand. See Rhizophoda.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: foraminifers [syn: Foraminifera, order Foraminifera]